An improved sex offender registry Web site is going online in North Carolina next year. Attorney General Roy Cooper's office unveiled a demo of the site this morning to a legislative committee looking at ways to toughen laws against people convicted of certain sex crimes.
There's been a registry on the Internet for years, giving anyone the opportunity to type in a city, county or zip code to see if convicted sex offenders live nearby. The updated site is more interactive, allowing computer users to see on a map where the criminals live and even see satellite images of their neighborhood.
The new site also sends e-mails to people when a registered sex offender moves nearby or if a certain individual has changed address.
The new site is one of many changes state lawmakers agreed to earlier this year. They also agreed to GPS monitoring of some offenders. Correction Department officers are set to hold a training session on that new equipment this afternoon.