NJ sex offenders now face lie detectors

March 18, 2008 4:25:53 PM PDT
New Jersey sex offenders are now required to take lie detector tests to make sure they are obeying the terms of their parole. The state Parole Board instituted the requirement as part of a new strategy to manage 4,500 convicted sex offenders who are under lifetime supervision.

Captain Anne McGrath, who heads the state's Sex Offender Management Unit, says 13 offenders have taken polygraphs so far.

Parole officers can impose restrictions on sex offenders, including where they work and live, their contact with minors and banning them from using the Internet or engaging in online chats.

Lie detector tests are used to make sure offenders are telling parole officers the truth.

Several other states already use the tests.