The TBI's sex offender registry is about to get bigger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Beginning Sunday, new laws take effect that will require a number of sex offenders to register with the state who were previously exempt from registry.

Current law only requires offenders who were incarcerated, on probation or on parole after January 1st, 1995 to register.

But a new law requires anyone who has committed a sex crime at any time in the past to register by August 1st.

Also, some offenders whose names were not available to the public in the past will now be listed in the public registry.

Another law will require any offender who is registered in another state to register in Tennessee, regardless of whether that person's offense meets the criteria for Tennessee's registry.

Citizens will be able to search for offenders in their neighborhoods with a new mapping program on the T-B-I's Web site.

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