THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY HAS SENT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF NEARLY 3-THOUSAND LOUISIANA CONVICTS, MANY OF WHOM HAVEN'T KEPT THE TERMS OF THEIR PAROLE AND PROBATION.
THEY APPLIED FOR FEMA AID AFTER KATRINA... AND SOME LISTED ADDRESSES IN EAST TEXAS.
TONIGHT, WE KNOW THE CITIES WHERE THE CONVICTS *WERE MONTHS AGO.
BUT WHERE THEY ARE NOW IS ANYONE'S GUESS.
THE LIST IS LONG... THE NEW HOME CITIES GIVEN BY THESE EVACUEES MANY... THE D-P-S SAYS LOUISIANA AUTHORITIES PROVIDED THE NAMES.
"The idea was to give the local authorities a heads up that there appeared to be people absconding on their probation or parole."
IN THE EIGHT MONTHS SINCE KATRINA, AS MANY AS THREE THOUSAND CONVICTS FILED FOR FEMA AID.
MOST IN HOUSTON, PERHAPS AS MANY AS 15-HUNDRED.
THREE HUNDRED IN DALLAS.
BUT IN TYLER, THE NUMBER IS 19.
IN LONGVIEW, SIX PAROLEES OR PROBATIONERS APPLIED FOR FEMA AID.
NAMES AND ADDRESSES WERE RELEASED ONLY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT... BUT THEY'RE IN CITIES ALL OVER EAST TEXAS... THOUGH OFFICIALS SAY THE NUMBERS COULD BE INFLATED IF THE OFFENDERS FILED FROM MULTIPLE ADDRESSES.
" We felt it would be a good idea to tell police here are some folks who may not have behaved themselves."
"The DPS says every police department on the list was sent the names and addresses from the FEMA rolls. The Louisiana convicts might have moved, but even if police find them and they have violated probation, they're powerless to do anything."
"Louisiana would have to take some actions that say to the state of Texas that hey, this person are wanted for violation of probation or parole, and that would be revoked and if we picked them up, then they would have to be extradited back to Louisiana."
LOUISIANA WOULD HAVE TO ISSUE AN ARREST WARRANT.
BUT THEN THE QUESTION WHERE ARE THEY NOW.
"They may have come to Longview and this area, but if they haven't been reporting to probation or parole officer they may not be in Longview anymore."
EAST TEXANS ARE CONCERNED.
"Yes, it really concerns me as a citizen and they need to keep looking for them."
"It's everybody's problem, but it's their job to fix the problem.
LOUISIANA SAYS THEY WILL BE ISSUING WARRANTS.... LOCATING THE OFFENDER COULD BE TOUGH.
POLICE DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR A WARRANT TO ARREST ANY SEX OFFENDERS FROM ANOTHER STATE.