DATE: September 2015 - Spotlight: Sex Offender Registries
Many people know that there is a Sex Offender Registry, but not all realize that there is a national registry as well as individual state
registries. The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) was originally established in 2005 as the National Sex
Offender Public Registry (NSOPR). In 2006 it was renamed in honor of Dru Sjodin, a 22 year old college student who was kidnapped
and murdered by a sex offender who was registered in Minnesota.
The National Sex Offender Public Website retrieves information from all 50 states as well as territorial and tribal sex offender registries. The NSOPW is helpful in terms of geography and knowing when a sex offender crosses state lines; however, it does not always provide all sex offender information. For instance, New York has 3 different levels of sex offenders and only levels 2 and 3 are reported on the public website. Level 1 sex offenders, which are considered the lowest risk, cannot be accessed via the public website. The subject’s information must be sent to NY State directly via email or fax with at least one identifier in addition to the subject’s name. Not all states have levels like NY, so it is important to know the laws from state to state to be sure you are getting all of the pertinent information. Commercial Investigations knows these laws and how to be sure we are getting all of the information that is out