Jindal signs bill toughing registration laws for convicted sex offenders

Information from Gov. Bobby Jindal's Office

BATON ROUGE, LA - Governor Bobby Jindal signed bill HB 638 into law that toughens the laws for sex offenders and child predators who fail to register with the state. The bill is part of Governor Jindal's 2014 Legislative Package.

Governor Jindal said, "In Louisiana, we need to protect our children and citizens from offenders of the most lewd and vile crimes. This law makes it a criminal offense and will require jail time for convicted offenders who provide false information and who fail to register with the state in the time frame required by law. Hopefully, these offenders will think twice before attempting to skirt the law."

Representative Connick said, "It is a great victory for HB 638 to be signed into law. The Attorney General's office as well as the sheriff's association did an outstanding job helping us put together this package to prevent more victims from unregistered sex-offenders and predators. I am grateful for all the hard work and efforts that were the result of dedicated individuals who desire for our families to live in a safer community."

HB 638, by Representative Connick, relates to the crime of failure to register as a sex offender or child predator.

Any person who fails to provide community notification and a person who knowingly provides false information shall upon, first conviction, be fined not more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned with hard labor for not less than two years nor more than ten years without benefits of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.