All 50 states and the District of Columbia maintain sex offender registries that are open to the public via websites, although information on some offenders is visible to law enforcement only. This Website provides you with a way to search for registered sex offenders by a geographic radius around a particular address, by city, by zip code, and by county.
In other states, all sex offenders are treated equally, and all registration information is available to the public on a state Internet site. Forthcoming, Constitutional Commentary, During Fall,
Add links. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Springer Publishing Co Inc. Under federal SORNAonly tier I registrants may be excluded from public disclosure, with exemption of those convicted of "specified offense against a minor. But we let our emotions run away from achieving that goal.
They allow classification decisions to be made via administrative or judicial processes. Depending on state, registration and notification systems may have special provisions for juveniles, habitual offenders or those deemed " sexual predators " by virtue of certain standards.
Some states, like Massachusetts and Colorado, utilize multidisciplinary review boards or judicial discretion to establish registrant tiers or sexual predator status. Those challenging the statutes have claimed violations of ex post factodue processcruel and unusual punishmentequal protection and search and seizure.
Sex offender registries in the United States exist at both the federal and state levels. A Tier I sex offender is someone convicted of a sex offense not included in the other tiers. They call the laws too harsh and unfair for adversely affecting the lives of registrants decades after completing their initial sentenceand for affecting their families as well.
Consequently, the study found that a majority of the public endorses broad community notification and related policies. Inan year-old boy, Jacob Wetterlingwas abducted from a street in St.
Megan's mother, Maureen Kanka, started to lobby to change the laws, arguing that registration established by the Wetterling Act, was insufficient for community protection. Main article: Effectiveness of sex offender registration policies in the United States. Download as PDF Printable version.
Consequently, the study found that a majority of the public endorses broad community notification and related policies. Archived from the original on 6 July Klaas Kids Foundation.