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Attorney General gets tough on sex offenders

October 5, 2006

Albany -- Many Georgia sheriffs are critical of the state's new sex offender law because it puts more responsibility on their offices without any state help.

Georgia's attorney general says he understands that complaint.

Tonight in Lee County Attorney General Thurbert Baker met with the Southwest Georgia Chiefs and Sheriff's Association.

Baker's office has defended in court a portion of the new law that prohibits sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of school bus stops. That provision is still in limbo.

Baker says he agrees sheriffs need state money to enforce the law effectively.

"The legislature will provide funding for sheriff's to do their jobs, that has been a request made by sheriffs around the state and I'm hopeful the legislature will give them the resources they need," said state Attorney General Thurbert Baker.

Baker is up for re-election this year. He faces a challenge from Republican Perry McGuire.

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