California to put sexual offender information online

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law Friday that will require the state Department of Justice to post information on convicted sex offenders - in the public domain since the state passed "Megan's Law" in 1996 - online on the internet. Currently the information is available by travelling to participating police stations.

The bill, AB 488 by Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, D-Hanford (Kings County), will allow for the name, age, race, photograph, and a convicted offenses list to be posted online. The bill limits information on the offender's current address based on the nature and number of sexual offenses the individual was convicted of. The California Attorney General has background information and a notice to sex offenders concerning the pending Internet postings here. The San Francisco Chronicle has more. Read the official press release from the California Office of the Governor here. Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase:

 

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