DOJ Press Release letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 19, 2005
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/
Office of Justice Programs
Contact: Sheila Jerusalem
Phone: (202) 307-0703
TTY: (202) 514-1888

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LINKS FIVE ADDITIONAL STATES TO

       WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice today announced the addition of Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, and Wyoming to the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) website, which provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search. The Department of Justice-sponsored website allows parents and concerned citizens to search existing public state and territory sex offender registries beyond their own states.

     The Department of Justice announced the activation of a national registry website on July 20, 2005 and initially linked 22 states to the site. With today's announcement, the registry connects 28 states and the District of Columbia to the site, and the remaining states and territories are expected to be linked by the end of the year. The list of the states and territories currently available through NSOPR follows.

     "With the addition of each state 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, free-of-charge public sex offender data with citizens nationwide. With a single query from any web-capable computer, NSOPR searches public state and territory sex offender registries to deliver matched results based on a name, state, county, city/town, or Zip code. The site is located at www.nsopr.gov.

     The technology for NSOPR is both time- and cost-effective. Web services and DOJ's Global Justice eXtensible Markup Language (XML) common computer language establishes a link between existing state and territory public sex offender registries. The link allows data from different hardware and software systems to be recognized and shown through the national search site.

     There are more than 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide, and statistics have shown the recidivism rate for these offenders is high. Access to public registry information nationwide is essential for citizens to help identify sex offenders beyond their own streets or neighborhoods.

     The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP's American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk. More information can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

States Linked to the National Sex Offender Public Registry
 
Arizona
Alabama
Colorado
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland

Michigan
Minnesota
Nebraska
New Jersey
Nevada
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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