These parents, primarily fathers, are not being imprisoned or detained by the authorities. While they all have been convicted of a crime at some earlier point in their lives, — some as long ago as twenty or thirty years — they have committed no new ones. They are not guilty of any crime or abuse or wrongdoing against the children from whom they are being forcefully separated.
This forced destruction of families is occurring due to Tennessee SB 425, which was passed by the Tennessee legislature May 15 and becomes effective July 1, 2019. The brain child of Senator Joey Hensley (R), this bill adds one sentence to the already existing statute 40-39-211(c), which sets out the conditions under which a person on a sexual offense registry may not reside with anyone under the age of 18. The two previously in law are: