Bill to make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate passed a bill Monday that would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS tracking bracelets and require local governments to notify the public when offenders move to their neighborhood.

Lenora’s Law is named for 60-year-old Rankin County woman Lenora Edhegard who was murdered last year by a sex offender who failed to register. The bill would require the use of the tracking technology if the accused person is convicted of failing to register their residence.

The law would require localities to use the web, including social-networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, to spread word of sex offenders moving into town.

Sex offenders who do not comply with the terms of the monitoring agreement would be subject to a fine of $5,000 and five years in prison.

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