SORRB History

History of the

Sexual Offender Registration Review Board

(SORRB)

Governor Appoints Members of Sex Offender Review Board

Monday, September 18, 2006

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Governor Appoints Members of Sex Offender Review Board

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today new appointments to the Sex Offender Registration Review Board (SORRB).


HB1059, passed during the 2006 legislative session, requires the SORRB to determine the likelihood that a sexual offender will engage in another crime against a victim who is a minor or another dangerous sexual offense. The SORRB will determine if certain sex offenders are considered a Level One Offender, Level Two Offender or a Sexual Predator. The assessments will be used by criminal justice professionals such as sheriffs, members of the Parole Board or Department of Corrections. All offenders identified as sexual predators will be required to be placed on electronic monitoring, should he or she be released to the custody of a parole or probation officer. Sex offender classifications will also be listed on Georgia’s sex offender registry.


Previously the SORRB consisted of six individuals, appointed at large by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR). Because HB1059 increased the number of cases the SORRB will review each month, Governor Perdue increased the membership and restructured the board into five regional boards, based on the five DHR regions. Each regional board consists of three members: a representative from law enforcement, a clinician and a victim advocate. HB1059 stipulates all members must be appointed by the Governor. SORRB members serve for terms of four years, and are limited to no more than two consecutive terms.


According to HB1059, the SORRB members will review approximately 215 cases per month, or 40 cases per region per month. Members of the regional SORRBs will meet at least once a month in their regions to evaluate cases and assign risk levels to offenders. The full SORRB will meet quarterly to assess difficult cases and conduct additional business.