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R.3132) July 26, 2005 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Part of the bill is named after Lunsford's daughter, Jessica (in photo at right), who was kidnapped and killed earlier this year by registered sex offender.
Child molesters will be forced to get new passports indicating that they are registered sex offenders so that foreign countries can know a pedophile is entering their country, State Department officials announced Thursday.
The change by federal authorities will require child offenders to re-apply for passports that will contain the phrase, "The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to (U. law)." New passports issued to pedophiles will also bear the phrase.
As a general rule, the sentencing court will determine an offender's risk level at the time of sentencing (in probation cases) or at the time of release from custody (in jail or prison cases).
When an incarcerated offender is set to be released into the community, the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders will evaluate the case and provide a risk level recommendation to the court.
Canada, for example, retains the right to deny entry to Americans who have been convicted of any crime.
In addition to the national registry, many states host their own sex offender registries on government websites.
There is even a mobile app for mapping the whereabouts of registered offenders.
Click here for a chart of risk level and duration of registration.
A sexual predator is an offender who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense as defined in section 168-a of the Correction Law and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes him or her likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.