All 50 states are participating in the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) Web site, says the U.S. Justice Department. South Dakota and Oregon were the last two states joining the site — www.nsopr.gov — which provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search. The site allows concerned citizens to search public sex offender registries beyond their own states.
The Justice Department announced activation of a national registry site last year and initially linked 22 states to it. With more than 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide, access to national public registry information is essential for citizens to help identify sex offenders beyond their own streets or neighborhoods, the Justice Department said.