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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
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Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
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Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Sheriff says it gets harder every day to find homes where registered sex offenders can legally live.
In Cobb County probation officers told sex offenders to camp out in woods. That was a last resort because the offenders couldn't find housing that didn't violate the state's tough sex offender regulations.
State law says offenders must file an address with the Sheriff's Office in the county where they live. The Dougherty County Sheriff's office does what they can to make sure registered sex offenders have a legal place to live, but the Sheriff says that job is getting harder as the number of sex offenders increases.
When Registered sex offenders are released from prison, state law makes it very tough for them to find a place to live... but they are required to have a residence address.
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said "It is very harsh. Most of these individuals when they come out of prison, they are outcasts by society."
Registered sex offenders can not live within one thousand feet of any area where children may congregate, and increasingly there are fewer homes where they can live.
Sproul said "No when you look at every day or child care center. Every church. Every swimming pool, every park that kids can group. The YMCA, Boys Club, places like that. You put them on a map, and say you can't live within one thousand feet of any of those, it becomes very difficult."
The Georgia Supreme Court found that state requirements for homeless sex offenders were unconstitutionally vague, but left the residence requirements in place. Sheriff's Officials say the number of places registered sex offenders can live in Dougherty County is very limited now, as their numbers grow larger.
Sproul said "It's overwhelming at times. And the numbers increase."
There are currently 236 registered sex offenders in Dougherty County right now, including 28 in the jail. Four have absconded and are being sought by Deputies. Four are seeking homes, living in a motel until they can find a permanent residence.
Sheriff Sproul is currently installing new computer software and web sites to inform the public where registered sex offenders live in the community.