Many sex offender requirements are based in the national Adam Walsh Act, which was named after a 6-year-old boy who was abducted and killed in Florida in 1981.
The 2006 federal law requires the national sex offender registry and imposes penalties for non-compliance, including more time behind bars.
Incarcerated sex offenders need to secure an approved home that complies with these restrictions before they can be released on probation.
Right now, the 425 men and women eligible for early release have otherwise earned so-called "good time" in prison, meaning that they participated in certain programs and had good behavior behind bars.
Due to the registration laws, sex offenders must register in person with their local sheriff and police department within three days of release with an approved residence.
He ordered the sentences to run consecutively, given that there were two separate victims and crimes.
For Louisiana corrections officials, this poses a conundrum.
It is important to release offenders only when they can meet the strict living restrictions for registered sex offenders, they said, or else the inmate is likely to end up back behind bars again.
Not only are these men and women released without probation and parole supervision, but they won't get the guidance that comes with mandatory therapy or classes.
Without mandated enrollment in these courses, it is unlikely they will attend, said Shannon Smith, who leads group sessions for sex offenders in Baton Rouge.“(Therapy is) where the individual is really integrating back into life,” said Smith, who previously worked as a victim’s advocate in the probation system in Connecticut.