Georgia’s sex offender registry includes rapists, child molesters, and, in a controversial move, a growing number of people who never committed a sexual offense, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Under the state's broadly written law, anyone convicted of kidnapping or false imprisonment of a minor goes on the list, too, regardless of whether a sexual crime occurred.
The registry imposes a kind of life sentence, restricting where offenders can live and work. About 90 people are on the list for kidnapping, another 90 for false imprisonment; records indicate just 33 actually committed a sexual offense. “Doesn’t it sound screwy what’s going on here?” asked one judge. Legislation is pending to amend the rules.