Senate Bill would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS device

February 12, 2013 11:35:12 AM



JACKSON -- The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS tracking bracelets and require local governments to notify the public when offenders move to their neighborhood. 


Lenora's Law is named for 59-year-old Lenora Edhegard who was killed in her Brandon home last year. Her neighbor and convicted felon who used a fake address to register as a sex offender but was living in a different town has been charged with murder. 


The bill would require using tracking technology if the accused are convicted of failing to register their residence. 


The law would require localities to use the Web, including social networks, to spread word of sex offenders moving into town. 


Sex offenders who do not comply with the monitoring face a $5,000 fine and five years in prison. 


The bill moves to the House.