2009 Regular Session
To: Judiciary En Banc
By: Representatives Fredericks, Clarke, Buck (5th), Cockerham, Banks, Buck (72nd), Coleman (29th), Scott
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 45-33-23, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCLUDE CAPITAL MURDER AS AN OFFENSE REQUIRING REGISTRATION AS A SEX OFFENDER WHEN A SEX OFFENSE IS THE UNDERLYING CRIME; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 45-33-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
45-33-23. For the purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed herein unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(a) "Conviction" shall mean that, regarding the person's offense, there has been a determination or judgment of guilt as a result of a trial or the entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. "Conviction of similar offenses" includes, but is not limited to, a conviction by a federal or military tribunal, including a court martial conducted by the Armed Forces of the United States, a conviction for an offense committed on an Indian Reservation or other federal property, a conviction in any state of the United States and a conviction in a foreign country if the foreign country's judicial system is such that it satisfies minimum due process set forth in the guidelines under Section 111(5)(B) Public Law 109-28.
(b) "Jurisdiction" shall mean any state court, federal court, military court, Indian tribunal or foreign court.
(c) "Permanent residence" is defined as a place where the person abides, lodges, or resides for a period of fourteen (14) or more consecutive days.
(d) "Registration" means providing information to the appropriate agency within the time frame specified as required by this chapter.
(e) "Registration duties" means obtaining the registration information required on the form specified by the department as well as the photograph, fingerprints and biological sample of the registrant. Biological samples are to be forwarded to the State Crime Laboratory pursuant to Section 45-33-37; the photograph, fingerprints and other registration information are to be forwarded to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
(f) "Responsible agency" is defined as the person or government entity whose duty it is to obtain information from a criminal sex offender upon conviction and to transmit that information to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
(i) For a criminal sex offender being released from the custody of the Department of Corrections, the responsible agency is the Department of Corrections.
(ii) For a criminal sex offender being released from a county jail, the responsible agency is the sheriff of that county.
(iii) For a criminal sex offender being released from a municipal jail, the responsible agency is the police department of that municipality.
(iv) For a sex offender in the custody of youth court, the responsible agency is the youth court.
(v) For a criminal sex offender who is being placed on probation, including conditional discharge or unconditional discharge, without any sentence of incarceration, the responsible agency is the sentencing court.
(vi) For an offender who has been committed to a mental institution following an acquittal by reason of insanity, the responsible agency is the facility from which the offender is released. Specifically, the director of said facility shall notify the Department of Public Safety prior to the offender's release.
(vii) For a criminal sex offender who is being released from a jurisdiction outside this state or who has a prior conviction in another state and who is to reside in this state, the responsible agency is the Department of Public Safety.
(g) "Sex offense" means any of the following offenses:
(i) Section 97-3-53 relating to kidnapping, if the victim was below the age of eighteen (18);
(ii) Section 97-3-65 relating to rape; however, conviction or adjudication under Section 97-3-65(1)(a) on or after July 1, 1998, when the offender was eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time of the alleged offense, shall not be a registrable sex offense;
(iii) Section 97-3-71 relating to rape and assault with intent to ravish;
(iv) Section 97-3-95 relating to sexual battery; however, conviction or adjudication under Section 97-3-95(1)(c) on or after July 1, 1998, when the offender was eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time of the alleged offense, shall not be a registrable sex offense;
(v) Section 97-5-5 relating to enticing child for concealment, prostitution or marriage;
(vi) Section 97-5-23 relating to the touching of a child, mentally defective or incapacitated person or physically helpless person for lustful purposes;
(vii) Section 97-5-27 relating to the dissemination of sexually oriented material to children;
(viii) Section 97-5-33 relating to the exploitation of children;
(ix) Section 97-5-41 relating to the carnal knowledge of a stepchild, adopted child or child of a cohabiting partner;
(x) Section 97-29-59 relating to unnatural intercourse;
(xi) Section 97-1-7 relating to attempt to commit any of the above-referenced offenses;
(xii) Section 97-29-3 relating to adultery or fornication between teacher and pupil;
(xiii) Section 43-47-18 relating to sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult;
(xiv) Section 97-3-54.1(1)(c) relating to procuring sexual servitude of a minor;
(xv) Section 97-29-63 relating to filming another without permission where there is an expectation of privacy;
(xvi) Any other offense resulting in a conviction in another jurisdiction which, if committed in this state, would be deemed to be such a crime without regard to its designation elsewhere;
(xvii) Any offense resulting in a conviction in another jurisdiction for which registration is required in the jurisdiction where the conviction was had;
(xviii) Any conviction of conspiracy to commit, accessory to commission, or attempt to commit any offense listed in this section;
(xix) Capital murder when one (1) of the above described offenses is the underlying crime.
(h) "Temporary residence" is defined as a place where the person abides, lodges, or resides for a period of fourteen (14) or more days in the aggregate during any calendar year and which is not the person's permanent address; for a person whose permanent residence is not in this state, the place where the person is employed, practices a vocation, or is enrolled as a student for any period of time in the state; or a place where a person routinely abides, lodges or resides for a period of four (4) or more consecutive or nonconsecutive days in any month and which is not the person's permanent residence.
(i) "Department" unless otherwise specified is defined as the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after passage.