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Registering sex offenders who are juveniles

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-   According to the Associated Press, some victim rights advocates say authorities should end the practice of having juveniles register as sex-offenders.

"In my experience, it's very rare that a juvenile has to register as a sexual offender," said Juvenile Probation Officer Amy Powell.

However, it does happen and when it does, the delinquent goes through a process done by the Arkansas State Hospital Family Treatment Program.

"After the assessment it goes to the judge and then the judge ultimately decides who has to register and who does not," said Powell.

There are several factors that go into deciding whether or not a juvenile must register.

"Based on their offense and how well they did in treatment, whether its inpatient or outpatient," said Powell.

Based on the outcome of the assessment, the juvenile is ranked on the likely hood of repeating the offense.

"They will determine whether they are high risk, moderate risk or low risk," said Powell.

In Arkansas, the juvenile is only required to register as a sex-offender for a certain amount of time.

"If they are to register it's only for ten years past the last adjudication," said Powell.

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