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New sex offender legislation to tighten rules around offenders in the community

Apr 5, 2023 18:02 By Shannonside News
New sex offender legislation to tighten rules around offenders in the community
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A new bill, signed into law today, will see a tightening of rules around convicted offenders who are in the community.

The introduction of the electronic tagging of some sex offenders will involve the balance of risk and rights.

That’s the view of Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

A new bill, signed into law today, will see a tightening of rules around convicted offenders who are in the community.

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It will allow - in some cases - for them to be monitored with electronic tags, or for their personal details to be released to the public.

Ms. Blackwell says sex offenders have a low rate of re-offending, but members of the public do have a right to safety:

'You want a variety of tools available to the Gardaí, to the probation services, to the courts, to ensure as far as possible that person that has been convicted and serve their sentences can rebuild their lives where the safety of the victims both actual and potential isn't compromised.'

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