With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to search the National Sex Offender Public Website for sex offenders in our neighborhood. Yeah, I know. As a dad, I should check the sex offender public website year round instead of just around Halloween time. My bad. I’ll do better. Luckily for us, the search only turned up one hit for our zip code. And he doesn’t even live in our neighborhood — he’s over four miles away.
For the dads and moms who don’t know, the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a cooperative effort between the Jurisdictions (ie – states) hosting public sex offender registries and the federal government. The website is a search tool that enables users to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders.
With the website, moms and dads can obtain public information regarding the presence or location of offenders who have been convicted of sexually violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. Parents can use the website to educate themselves about the possible presence of offenders in their local communities.
Note: the default search is a standard search that only lets you query by name. So unless you know the names of all the sex offenders in your area, you should use the advance search instead. The advance search lets you query by name, zip code, county, city, and state. Tip: you should enter adjacent zip codes (maximum of five) in the search box. Otherwise, the search will be limited to the zip code you entered.