That will probably be one of the hardest tasks." Currently, the state will place a juvenile on the sex offender registry if they are convicted and sentenced under adult sanctions."A 17-year-old convicted as an adult would have to register," Chacon said.The federal act was passed in 2007, and the final guidelines were issued in 2008, Regina Chacon of the State Department of Public Safety (DPS) said.Now it's New Mexico's turn to come into compliance with the federal statute."We have tried to come up with something that will comply with the Adam Walsh bill.We are already compliant with the requirements for our Web site and database," Chacon said.
"They were not required to register then, but they would be now," Chacon said.
Compliancy with the act includes juvenile registration, retroactive registration and technology enhancements that include mapping of registrants, e-mail notifications of their locations and a link to a national database.
Chacon said during the January legislative session, the act will be introduced to the legislature and the governor will have to sign the bill into effect.
We are trying to come up with an alternative that will meet our needs as a state, but we have to err on the side of caution and believe in the registry." Chacon went on to call the registration an "excellent tool" saying the purpose of the new federal legislation is to enhance the registry.
"There is the possibility that there will be ramifications from state to state that were not anticipated," she said.
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