October 2005Vol. 6, No. 8National Sex Offender Public Registry Available Online
A new national web-based search tool to obtain information about sex offenders is now available. Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, this cooperative effort between State agencies that host public sexual offender registries and the Federal Government allows users to submit a single national query through search options such as name, ZIP code, one or more States, county, or by city or town. The website will provide access to registries from all States and the District of Columbia by the end of the year.
Users must agree to the conditions of use, and search criteria are limited to what each State provides. Users should verify results with the States because the information is not hosted by the Federal Government. The National Sex Offender Public Registry is available at http://www.nsopw.gov/. (Editor's note: The NSOPR has been renamed the National Sex Offender Public Website.)