Thursday, January 21, 2010

SD to Revise Sex Offender Registry Panel Eyes Changes In SD Sex Offender Registry.

A legislative committee has started working on eight bills that tweak South Dakota's sex offender registry law and would give some offenders the chance of eventually being removed from the list.

Chief among the changes is creating a three-tiered system that classifies offenders based on their crimes. Those convicted of the most serious crimes would be on the registry forever. Others could eventually have their name removed after a period of either 10 years or 25 years.

The Senate Judiciary Committee spent nearly two hours reviewing the bills and took some testimony Thursday, but did not vote. One of the questions is where in the tier system to place people already on the registry.