Public notification will only be made if it is necessary to protect the public.
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.
Upon release, each sex offender is notified of their lawful duty to register with the FBI and appropriate local authorities.
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexual Violent Offender Registration Program, enacted in 1994, provides a financial incentive for states to establish registration programs for persons who have been convicted of certain sex crimes.
Megan’s Law, enacted in May 1996, amended the Wetterling Program legislation to give states broad discretion to determine to whom notification should be made about offenders, under what circumstances, and about which offenders.
In an effort to improve our community outreach, the Broward Sheriffâ€™s Office is working on an improved online interactive mapping program that will display both crime incidents as well as the location of registered sex offenders and predators in Broward County. This information is made available to interested citizens to help them educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.
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.
Note: the information contained in the national registry and the state and tribal registries is identical; the national registry simply enables a search across multiple jurisdictions.
For more information: The National Sex Offender Public Website connects all U. state, tribal, and territory websites so that citizens can search for the identities and locations of known sex offenders.
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.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) run by the FBI enables the NSOR to retain the offender’s current registered address and dates of registration, conviction, and residence.