2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:561 - Legislative findings

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:561 (2018)

CHAPTER 3-E. SUPERVISED RELEASE OF SEX OFFENDERS

§561. Legislative findings

A. The Legislature of Louisiana has long recognized the need to protect our most innocent and defenseless citizens from sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators and has enacted statutory provisions to provide some of the strictest criminal penalties for the commission of sex offenses, and one of the most extensive sex offender registration and notification provisions in the United States.

B. The legislature finds that sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators often pose a high risk of engaging in sex offenses and crimes against victims who are minors even after being released from incarceration or commitment and that the protection of the public from sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators is of paramount governmental interest.

C. In consideration of the potential high rate of recidivism and the harm which can be done to the most defenseless members of the public by sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators, the state has a compelling interest in ensuring compliance with the provisions of law regarding sex offender registration and notification to protect the public from harm as those offenders are released from incarceration and are returned to their communities.

D. It is, therefore, the policy of this state to assist local law enforcement agencies' efforts to protect the citizens of this state by facilitating compliance with the requirements of registration and notification for sex offenders and sexually violent predators and to ensure that compliance by requiring sex offenders to be placed upon supervised release following release from incarceration.

Acts 2006, No. 242, §1.

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