Utah is among 22 states to join in the first ever national sex-offender registry, which went online yesterday, reports the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City. The National Sex Offender Public Registry Web Site, www.nsopr.gov links 22 state sex-offender registries into one centralized location where people can search for the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders. A national registry site was a logical next step since the passage of the federal Megan’s Law, which requires states to maintain a registry of convicted sex offenders.
The site links 22 sites from Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Justice Department has invited other states to participate, with remaining sex-offender sites to be linked to the national site within six months.