Stillwater News Press

July 24, 2013

Experts say Oklahoma sex offender registry is flawed


Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma prison workers and local police departments are spending time and money monitoring thousands of sex offenders that experts say pose little risk to the public because of a rigid and inflexible system for categorizing sex offenders.

When the federal government imposed requirements on states in 2006 to create a three-tiered system for ranking sex offenders, Oklahoma lawmakers decided to base the tiers strictly on the crime an individual committed.

As a result, more than 16 sexual crimes result in offenders in Oklahoma being required to register as a sex offender for life or for 25 years.

Bristow Republican state Rep. Skye McNiel says she wants to conduct an interim legislative hearing on the idea of whether Oklahoma is classifying sex offenders properly.