Notwithstanding (and in part because of) the local nature of registration, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act ("SORNA") was passed in 2006 in order to strengthen the national network of registration and notification programs and to establish minimum standards for such systems.
However, not all states have substantially implemented SORNA's standards.
Even those that have substantially implemented the standards still have variations in their laws. Typically, an individual who has been convicted of specified sex offenses and offenses against children must register at the law enforcement agency in the city or town where he lives immediately after being released into the community.
He usually must re-register every year (sometimes more frequently) and whenever he moves.
In 1994 the US Congress passed the Jacob Wetterling Crimes against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, named after an 11-year-old boy who was abducted at gunpoint while riding his bike near his home. 272, § 35A; Michigan, MCLS § 28.723, 28.722, 750.520e; Minnesota, Minn.
Under the legislation, people convicted of sexual abuse of children or sexually violent crimes against adults were required to register their current addresses with local law enforcement for 10 years following their release into the community.
The National Sex Offender Public Website—coordinated by the Department of Justice—enables every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and numerous Indian tribes for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
To run a search: Enter the site, select the “I agree” button under Conditions of Use, fill out the Search form, and select “Search.”You can also search registry websites maintained by individual jurisdictions by following the links below.
However, the Act specifically states that in no case shall the FBI release the identity of any victim of an offense that required registration of a sex offender.
Chatting, talking on the phone, sending emails and getting to know new people have been very important for me and very rewarding emotionally speaking.
You talk to people more that you would imagine, you confide in them more that you would expect.
The National Sex Offender Registry is a database available only to law enforcement that is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Our Crimes Against Children Unit at FBI Headquarters coordinated the development of the National Sex Offenders Registry (NSOR), which is currently managed by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
The Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996 (Lychner Act) required the Attorney General to establish a national database at the FBI to track the whereabouts and movements of certain convicted sex offenders under Title 42 of the United States Code Section 14072.