What is it?
According to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, a sex offender is a person who has been convicted of a sex offense. The Act divides sex offenders into three tiers depending on the nature and severity of the crime of conviction. The US Department of Justice administers the national sex offenders’ registry. Each jurisdiction has its own laws that determine what information is displayed on its public registry website. The NSOP website primarily uses web services to search the individual databases of the jurisdictions in real time when a user conducts a search. This method ensures that the site is returning the most current information.
Federal Law requires states to classify sex offenders for registry purposes as follows:
- Tier I sex offenders are registered for 15 years, which may be reduced to 10 years if the offender maintains a clean record.
- Tier II sex offenders are registered for 25 years.
- Tier III sex offenders are registered for life unless the offender is a juvenile delinquent, in which the registration period is of 25 years if the offender maintains a clean record.
Sex offenders must also appear in person to have a picture taken and verify registry information, such as their personal address. Tier I sex offenders must appear every year, Tier II sex offenders every six months, and Tier III sex offenders every three months.
How does it work?
The Verified First team processes Sex Offender Searches using the National Sex Offender Public Website.
Who needs this search?
Organizations that look to protect the employees, customers, and brand from either hiring a register sex offender or if they do hire them, from putting them in a position where they could commit another crime would do well to run this search.
Why run this search?
The recidivism rate for sex offenders is about 33%. Running the Sex Offender Search will identify if an offender is a registered sex offender as well as identifying individuals who are likely to commit another crime. The Sex Offender Registry has the most up to date data on individuals who are registered sex offenders, whereas the sex offender databases in the Nationwide Search are not updated as frequently and could contain missing information.
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