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Title: National Conference on Sex Offender Registries: Proceedings of a BJS/Search Conference
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Project Director: S J Barton
Corporate Author: SEARCH - National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 128
  Annotation: This report presents the proceedings of a conference designed to provide States with tools to implement effective sex- offender registration and notification programs mandated under Federal legislation; the conference also provided a forum where representatives from a number of States could exchange ideas and compare experiences.
Abstract: The U.S. Congress established three statutes that collectively require States to strengthen the procedures they use to keep track of sex offenders: the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (1994), the Federal version of "Megan's Law" (1996), and the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act (1996). The statutes require States to establish registration programs so local law enforcement will know the whereabouts of sex offenders released into their jurisdictions, as well as notification programs so the public can be warned about sex offenders living in the community. The first day of the conference focused on the sex offender problem from a Federal perspective. A panel of U.S. Justice Department officials discussed various aspects of the Federal statutes and conducted an informative question-and-answer session to address the specific concerns of individual States. The second day began with a presentation by FBI representatives concerning preparations the Bureau is taking to assume control of registration and notification functions in States unable to establish their own effective programs. The conference then moved to a State perspective. Representatives from several States explained procedures and programs their States adopted in response to the Federal mandates. State and local elected officials enlightened conference participants on the legislative response to public demands for action. The conference concluded with an overview of the various notification options available to States, from passive (where the public seeks out information) to aggressive (where the offender is required to notify neighbors of his presence).
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Federal Code ; Intergovernmental relations ; Sex Offender Registration/Registries
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 96-BJ-CX-K010
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Proceedings of the National Conference on Sex Offender Registries, held in Bellevue, Washington, on July 16-17, 1997.
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