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Sex offender registries are used by law enforcement agencies to identify and track sex offenders who have been convicted of specific sex offenses and/or crimes against children. These types of offenders must register in person with the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the area in which they live after being released from incarceration.

The purpose of sex offender registries is twofold: First, to track sex offenders, and second, to allow law enforcement to be aware of which sex offenders are living in their jurisdictions. Beginning in 1996, law enforcement agencies began using public notification programs to advise the public when a sex offender was residing in the community. Due to changes in federal law, previously restricted information regarding sex offenders can now be ...

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