“For the government to ban access to virtually all information on the Internet is overreaching, and opens the door to further government intrusion on everyone’s First Amendment rights,” says Louisiana’s ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman.
People like Alvin Carter agree.
“I don’t think you can just go around just banning certain people because once you start with them it’s just gonna be a matter of time before you move on to another group.”
While it’s not illegal in Alabama for a sex offender to have a Facebook account, a law signed in July requires them to register email addresses cell phone numbers and any identifiers they would use on the internet.
However not every offender obeys the law.
“If they’re using false or different names or identifiers or things of that nature, then yes it can be very dangerous.”
Sgt. Jacob Reach works with the Jefferson County Sex Offender Unit. He says it’s important to stay on top of these offenders to ensure they don’t strike again.
“It is very well proven that these type of offenders have a tendency to reoffend. And the sole purpose of the law is to continue to protect the children and keep kids safe throughout the community,” adds Reach.
If the Sex Offender Unit finds out an offender has an account that hasn’t been registered, they’ll be hit with a Class C felony, and face court process and prosecution.