Sex Offender Policy
In accordance with its Bylaws, the Audubon Regional Library Board of Control has adopted on this 13th day of December 2012 the following policy for the purpose of:
- Compliance with the statutory mandates set forth in La. R.S. 14:91.2
- Protecting children from contact with persons who have been convicted of sex offenses where the victim was under 13 years of age
I. Effective January 1, 2013, persons who have been convicted of sex offenses where the victim was under the age of 13 (referred to as “sex offenders” for purposes of this policy/regulation) are restricted as follows:
A. Sex Offenders are allowed to use the Libraries of the Audubon Regional Library. At these libraries, their access is restricted as follows:
1. Children’s Areas – No sex offender shall be physically present in any area of the library designated as a “children’s area” or “young readers’ area”, “young adult area” or children’s room.
2. If the Library is so designed that adults must pass through the children’s area or young adult area there must be no loitering, lingering or pausing in that area for any reason by sex offenders.
B. Employment – No sex offender shall apply for, work for, or otherwise provide services to a library facility as an employee, contractor, sub-contractor, or volunteer.
II. The Library Director shall be responsible for developing and implementing administrative and management procedures in furtherance of the policies stated herein. Recommended procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Background checks – Implement procedures to provide that library employees, contractors, sub-contractors, and volunteers who will interact with children or will be required to work in the restricted areas may be subject to criminal background checks.
B. Notice – The Library will post this policy in the Library and on the web page.
C. Enforcement – Implement procedures to update policies, where necessary, and enforce policies regarding unattended children.
III. The Library Director and members of the public are invited to make recommendations to the Library Board to improve this regulation or suggest state legislative changes that will allow public libraries to more effectively achieve the public purposes set forth herein. Those recommendations, along with any supporting documentation, should be submitted annually to the Library Board by or before March of said year. Such correspondence shall be sent: Attention: Director.
Act 693 of the 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature amended and re-enacted R.S. 14.91.2. The effective date of the Act is January 1, 2013.