State ordered to trim sex offender list

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

ANCHORAGE - Alaska officials have temporarily blocked public access to the state's list of registered sex offenders.

Officials put the block in place Friday following an order by U.S. District Senior Judge Russel Holland that bars the state from posting names of sex offenders convicted of crimes committed before Aug. 10, 1994.

Until the names of specific offenders are segregated, the state has temporarily blocked public access to the names of all 4,300 offenders listed on a state Web site.

About 65 percent of the names will be removed, according to officials.

Alaska law requires that serious sex offenders register their whereabouts four times a year for life. The law was made retroactive when it was passed in 1994.

Last April, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the burden was too harsh for offenders who were convicted before the law was passed.

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