Kentucky one of 23 states in pilot National Sex Offender Public Registry
Lt. Gov. Steve Pence and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller held a joint press conference on Aug. 18, 2005, to emphasize the importance of Kentucky participating in the launch of the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) Web site, www.nsopr.gov.
Kentucky is one of the charter participants in this pilot project, which launched on July 20, 2005. Kentucky's participation was made possible through a joint effort between the Kentucky State Police and the Commonwealth Office of Technology.
“As we consider ways to strengthen Kentucky’s sexual offender laws, we realize that advancing technology is an excellent opportunity for promoting safety,” said Lt. Gov. Pence. “The NSOPR provides another tool to allow the public to educate themselves about where predators may be living, both in Kentucky and across state boundaries.”
There are 23 states and the District of Columbia currently participating in the pilot program. The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) expects the remaining state public sexual offender registries to be added to the national registry by January 2006.
"The Kentucky State Police are vigilant stewards of the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry," remarked KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "We recognize the importance of providing this information and work diligently to ensure its accuracy. We are pleased our system could be linked effectively to the National Sex Offender Public Registry. The information provided on the registry allows everyone the opportunity to ensure their personal safety."
“There are over 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide,” continued Lt. Gov. Pence. “Access to public registry information nationwide is essential for citizens to help identify sex offenders beyond their own streets or neighborhoods.”
To try the new service, visit the Web site at www.nsopr.gov. Visitors must first agree to the conditions of use, and then may search by specific names either in one state or in multiple states. The registry may also be searched by city or zip code. The results of each search show a complete profile for the sex offender, including the offender's conviction.
States currently linked to the Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Registry include: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and also the District of Columbia.
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