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Sex offender registry adds telephone alert tool

Posted December 15, 2008
Updated December 16, 2008

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— North Carolina officials planned to launch an upgrade to the state's sex offender registry Tuesday. Residents will now be able to access information about sex offenders via telephone.

The new tool is being made available through the Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification (SAVAN) system, which helps crime victims find out custody status and court information about offenders.

There are 144 registered sex offenders in Johnston County, nearly 260 in Durham County and more than 550 in Wake County, according to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

"Parents need to know about this so they can plan to make sure their kids are safe,” Cooper said.

The state sex-offender registry has been available online and by e-mail.

"There are tens of thousands of people who don't use computers regularly but who need this information," Cooper said.

People who sign up for the service will receive a phone call when a sex-offender moves into their neighborhood.

"I think it is really good for the communities,” Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Harrison said that while some sex offenders can be rehabilitated, others show a pattern of repeating their crimes.

"Sex offenders have a tendency to re-occur, do some of the same stuff over and over again,” he said.

Cooper planned to talk about the new tool during a Tuesday-morning news conference at the Governor’s Crime Commission Conference Room.

On the N.C. Offender Registry Web site, you can search for convicted sex offenders, view maps and aerial photographs of offenders’ registered addresses and sign up to get e-mail and telephone alerts.

To register for the telephone program, call 1-877-627-2826 (1-877-NCSAVAN).

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  • bill0 Dec 16, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk - obviously if someone doesn't have a record, they wouldn't be on the offenders list. That is the point. The vast, vast majority of sexual offenses are committed by people who aren't on a registry. The vast majority of people on the registry will never be convicted of another sex crime. That makes the registry pretty useless.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 16, 2008

    Would that include the unknown that seems to pop up and have no records? For example a teacher.

  • bill0 Dec 16, 2008

    For the record from the US department of justice website:

    "# Within 3 years of release, 2.5% of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.
    # Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.
    # Sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders."

    The idea that there is a high rate of repeat offenses for sex crimes is a lie told by politicians. There are true "sexual predators" out there, but 95% of the people on the list don't commit another sex crime.

    The vast majority of sexual abuse is at the hands of relatives and friends. It is not the "scary" man down the street that is the true threat.

  • WRALblows Dec 16, 2008

    "I would be more interested in knowing what underage children are a threat to my children or others, instead of keeping it under wraps. Their police records should be made public just like everyone else."

    Of course because as a society we should attach stigma to everyone for life. People who think like that are scarier than criminals. In a police state everyone is a prisoner.

  • WRALblows Dec 16, 2008

    "How about a convicted drug offense (dealing or possession) registry just like the sex offender registry???"

    It's called a phone book.

  • usarmychic Dec 16, 2008

    I don't care what amount of knowledge you provide about a sex offender. Knowing that there is a convicted rapist living next door is not going to stop him from breaking into your home and doing it again or attacking you in your yard. Keep them in jail!!!! My parents live in the suburbs and had one move in last year. He's not supposed to be within 500 feet of a minor, yet he has 3 kids and lives in a neighborhood full of children! Unless he never leaves his house, they can't enforce that law. I know he leaves his house, because I see him all over town! Another reason to keep them locked down!

    For those of you that don't think rape, molestation or sexual exploitation is a big deal.... well, all I have to say is that from what I know I would never wish it on my worst enemy.

  • cragan Dec 16, 2008

    I would love to see details of what they did not sex with certain vic or indecant liberty Tell me what they did some of these are not what i call sex offenders just bad choices that is the only problem i have with the site

  • ThisIsMyName Dec 16, 2008

    How about a convicted drug offense (dealing or possession) registry just like the sex offender registry???

  • mrtwinturbo Dec 16, 2008

    I would be more interested in knowing what underage children are a threat to my children or others, instead of keeping it under wraps. Their police records should be made public just like everyone else.

  • 3potato4 Dec 16, 2008

    "a nearly obsolete danger of "Sex offenders"

    Sorry to say, that practically every grown woman I know has had a preditor in their past. Myself included.

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