July 5, 2006 — All 50 states are now participating in the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) Web site, the Justice Department announced. The Department of Justice-sponsored site allows parents and concerned citizens to search existing public state and territory sex offender registries beyond their own states.
"As of July 1st, an important child protection tool will be a truly comprehensive one, with information for all 50 states available nationwide," said Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "The constant effort to safeguard our children from sex offenders is never finished, but today's announcement marks a clear accomplishment on the side of protection."
Oregon and South Dakota recently passed the sex offender legislation that now allows the state to be included in the NSOPR as of July 1, 2006. With the addition of these two states inclusion, the registry connects 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territory of Guam.
"With the inclusion of the last two states to the registry, the capacity grows for parents and communities to be informed and aware of sex offenders residing in their neighborhoods,” said Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. "The coordination among states, private organizations, and the Department of Justice moves us closer to making information about all registered sex offenders available to parents and concerned citizens."
The NSOPR provides an opportunity for all states and territories to participate in an unprecedented public safety resource by sharing comprehensive, public sex offender data with citizens nationwide. NSOPR searches public state and territory sex offender registries to deliver matched results based on a name, state, county, city/town or zip code through a single query on its Web site located at www.nsopr.gov.
With more than 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide, access to national public registry information is essential for citizens to help identify sex offenders beyond their own streets or neighborhoods.