New York launches online sex offender registry
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 30, 2000
New York has placed names, pictures, addresses and other information about
high-risk sex offenders online.
The New York State Sex Offender Registry posts information about the highest-risk offenders
online immediately after it is entered into the system. The registry can
be searched by name, Zip code and county.
The state also reduced the cost of its telephone information line
used for more sensitive information to 50 cents per call. People can call
a sex offender information line for information about lower-risk offenders
as well as more detailed information that is not available online.
Information such as modus operandi is not included online because of
its explicit nature and the ease at which children could access it. That
type of information is available at local police agencies.
The amount of information available to the public about sex offenders
depends on offenders' risk levels. Information on offenders who pose a low
risk is limited. But for high-risk offenders, much more is publicly available,
including special conditions imposed by court or parole authorities.
All 50 states require sex offender registry and community notification.
Twenty-one states provide some portion of their registries online.