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Comment Now on Sex Offender Bill

With just under a month left for public consultation on the Sex Offender Registry Bill 2009, the Ministry of Health and Human Services urges people to send in their comments.

Sex offenders who are prosecuted in the Cayman Islands and eventually released back into the community need appropriate supervision to help ensure the safety of victims and communities, increase accountability for their crimes and reduce the risk of re-offending.

As a result, the Sex Offenders Registry Bill 2009 seeks to establish a register of sex offenders.

"Through this public consultative process, my ministry welcomes greater collaboration with government and non-government agencies as a means of raising awareness of this social issue that is threatening the stability of our families.

"I therefore urge all residents of the Cayman Islands to obtain a copy of the draft Bill, review it and provide written comments," said Minister of Health and Human Services, Hon. Anthony Eden, OBE, JP.

Any input should be in writing and delivered to: The Ministry of Health and Human Services, Government Administration Building, ATTN: Debbie-Ann Whittaker/Sophy Broad. Please address the envelope: "Comments on Sex Offenders Registry Bill". Alternatively, comments can be emailed to Ann Whittaker or Sophy Broad.

The Sex Offender Registry Bill, 2009 was tabled in the Legislative Assembly 16 February 2009 for a sixty day public consultation period. The deadline for recommendations is 17 April 2009. The Bill is on the Legislative Assembly's website.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver