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Bill increasing sex offender requirements signed into law in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday that would require sex offenders update their registry photo every year.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: April 9, 2014
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A bill requiring sex offenders to update their registry photo yearly was signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The number of times a sex offender must check in with law enforcement depends on the severity of the crime. The more serious or habitual offenders are required to check in every 90 days, while others may check in once or twice a year.

“The primary way that someone is going to identify a sex offender is by their appearance,” said Rep. Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, the bill’s House author said in an emailed news release. “This legislation ensures that the information on the registry has a recent photo so that there is no way for sex offenders to hide from the public.”

A member of Oklahoma law enforcement told The Oklahoman in February the extra requirements could be cumbersome for smaller police departments and have little effect on recidivism.

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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