Sex Offender Community Notification Law

In May 1996, the Alabama Legislature passed a law establishing the Community Notification Act. This law requires convicted adult sex offenders to notify local law enforcement of their residence within the community where they are living. Law enforcement authorities must then notify community residents living near the sex offender. Within this law are provisions which prohibit a convicted sex offender from living near a school and living in a residence with children.

During the 1999 Regular Session, the Community Notification Act received a major revision which created different provisions for juvenile sex offenders. Juvenile sex offenders are no longer subject to automatic community notification, but they are required to receive sex offender treatment and must register with the local authorities upon release from the juvenile court's supervision. The Act was also revised in 2005 as Act 2005-301.

Please also visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety's Sex Offender Site for more information.

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