Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Rape Awareness
Sex Offender Registry Lists
Many people do not realize how many Registered Sex Offenders live near them or in their neighborhoods. Others do not know where to look to find information about these Sex Offenders. I have compiled a list of the Sex offender search pages for each state to help citizens know who these Sex Offenders are and where they live. I hope this will help people be more aware and take necessary precautions.
Sex Offender Registry Closed to Public. On October 20, 2001, the Federal Appeals court affirmed the lower court ruling of Judge Robert Chatigny. In Doe v. Department of Public Safety, The Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Connecticut's sex-offender registry must remain off the Internet and out of the hands of the public until the state can narrow the list to those who are a danger to the public. In an opinion by Judge Robert D. Sack, the court ruled that Connecticut's "Megan's Law" violated the Constitution because it did not provide an opportunity for sex offenders to show they are not a "present danger." The law therefore unfairly stigmatizes previous sex offenders as dangerous. The Connecticut legislature could cure the constitutional defect by enacting new legislation providing a procedure that satisfies due process to insure that offenders are given an opportunity to demonstrate that they are not a present danger. Connecticut's Attorney General has promised to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court