A sex offender registry is a record system that allows the public to see where sex offenders currently live, work, and attend school. These registries are managed by state police departments and other government entities. They were created to close dangerous loopholes that previously allowed sex offenders to be released into communities without any warning to the people who lived there. These registries also exist on a national level. The general public has access to every public sex offender registry, including registered offender and pedophile search, lists, maps, lookups, and databases.
The purpose of the sex offender registry is to protect the public by monitoring and tracking the whereabouts of sex offenders. Convicted sex offenders are required by law to provide information including their addresses, aliases, online screen names and email addresses, and other vital information to the state authorities where they live. The state reports this information so the public can learn who is living near them. Some states will notify nearby residents when a registered sex offender moves within a certain distance of them.
There are two different types of sex offender registry. The first is at the state level, and the second is at the national level. Each state has a sex offender registry and is required to keep it up-to-date and accurate. Visitors to a state sex offender registry can only search for offenders within the state. With a national search, visitors have access to extended records.