Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 25, 2010
Sen. Cliff Branan
Senate Gives Unanimous Approval to Bill Closing Loophole in Sex
The full Senate has given its approval to a measure
designed to close a loophole in Oklahoma’s sex offender registration
is the author of the legislation. Senate Bill 2231 won unanimous
approval by the Senate on Thursday.
“Requiring sex offenders to register is supposed to be a way to keep
track of where these predators are and ensure the public can access
that information,” said Branan, R-Oklahoma City. “But the way the
current law is written, offenders can legally give a post office box
number instead of a street address. This defeats the whole purpose.
SB 2231 would require them to use the actual address of where
they’re currently living.”
According to the Department of Corrections, there are currently
6,400 people on Oklahoma’s sex offender registry. These include
individuals who have been convicted of crimes ranging from indecent
exposure to rape and child molestation. Another 3, 500 convicted sex
offenders are currently behind bars in the state.
“We have penalties on the books for sex offenders who fail to
register or update their information when they move. The problem is
using just a post office box is perfectly legal,” Branan said. “My
legislation fixes that problem.”
If approved by both chambers and signed by the governor, the new law
would take effect on November 1, 2010.
For more information contact:
Sen. Branan 405-521-5543