“JOKER’S LAW” Heading To the General Assembly in TN

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2021
CONTACT:
Representative Mark Hall
Phone: (615) 741-1350
NASHVILLE – Following the tragedy that took place in Cleveland, TN on September 22, 2021, “JOKER’S LAW” is now heading to the General Assembly of the great State of Tennessee.
Today, I signed the document to amend the Tennessee Code Annotated relative to criminal offenses against an animal. The outpour of support from the people of the State of Tennessee and the others in this great Country, have been heard. The State of Tennessee will not stand for any abuse nor any harm, toward our partners, K-9 or otherwise. This amendment is aimed at criminals, plain and simple. It is aimed at criminals regardless of age, who are committing crimes, which injure or kill any service K-9 or horse. This amendment specifically classifies these crimes as a Class B FELONY, which can be punishable by eight to 30 years’ imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $25,000 per TCA 40-35-111. My team, who serves the 24th District, has worked hard on this amendment to get attention it deserves and to execute the actions needed to establish severe consequences for harming our partners like Joker.
“I am Mark Hall. I am the voice of the people who sent me to Nashville. The same people who respect and admire the men and women of Law Enforcement, Emergency Service, Public Service and in this case importantly, the PARTNERS of these servants. I stand with many other leaders and Representatives of the great State of Tennessee and proudly send this amendment to floor as soon as reasonably possible.”

TBI Launches New Tennessee Sex Offender Registry

Community, News

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched an overhauled Tennessee Sex Offender Registry on Monday, rebuilt to modernize the look, feel, and operation of the public safety resource.

“In thinking about updates to the registry, we’ve worked to listen to feedback from the public and our law enforcement partners,” said Shelly Smitherman, TBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge. “We’ve also looked at surrounding states for ideas we think will make ours easier-to-use and more helpful to the public.”

After more than two years of planning and programming, the new Tennessee Sex Offender Registry features clearer navigation, more robust email notifications, a heightened focus on fugitive offenders, and gives the public valuable resources related to personal and digital safety.

While the TBI serves as the repository for sex offender data, local law enforcement agencies handle responsibilities related to updating offender profiles in accordance to state law. The overhaul of the public-facing registry follows updates, several years ago, to the software systems law enforcement agencies use to update offender data.

To fund the project, TBI secured grant funding totaling more than $180,000 from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and contracted a private vendor, Steeple Technologies, to program a majority of the new registry. TBI also worked with the State of Tennessee’s Strategic Technology Solutions group to refresh the mapping portion of the site.

The new Tennessee Sex Offender Registry can be accessed on TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi.

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