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Few sex offenders apply to get off Ga. registry

By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Few sex offenders are taking advantage of a new law that allows some to petition to get their names off the statewide registry.

Tracy Alvord of the Sex Offender Registration Review Board says state officials have received 50 court-ordered requests to remove offenders from the list. Alvord says eight people have been taken off the registry.

There's no firm number on how many sex offenders are eligible, but lawyers say there could be hundreds among the more than 20,000 registered in Georgia.

Alvord expects the numbers to rise as more people understand the May 2010 law.

The offenders who might be able to remove themselves from the list include some who are disabled or live in nursing home, or others convicted of crimes that didn't involve sexual contact.

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