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New York state cracks down on sex offenders

Aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo have announced new crackdowns on sex offenders that will require some convicts on parole to renew their photos every 90 days if their appearance has changed.

The most serious sex offenders, known as Level 3, will be required under the law, to update their photos on the sex offender registry every 90 days if their appearance changes, says Cuomo deputy secretary for public safety, Elizabeth Glazer.

“It will no longer be possible for an offender simply to disappear because he has grown a beard or shaved his head,” said Glazer.

Cuomo has also signed an executive order that will extend the updated photo requirement to new parolees convicted of lesser sex offenses, known as level one and two offenders.

The new laws also make it easier to seek civil confinement of sex offenders who have finished serving their time but are still deemed dangerous. The parole board will provide mental health officials with transcripts of all release interviews.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.