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Archive for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kansas offender registry overhauled

October 9, 2012

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The online Kansas offender registry, which includes profiles and photos of people convicted of certain sex, drug, and violent offenses, has a new look.

The website, maintained by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, received a recent update and includes new features, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

The site, previously searchable by name, address, or county, can now be searched by phone number, email address, or online identifiers, such as social media identities. The results will indicate a match or no match but will not indicate which social media site the offender uses.

The public can sign up for email notifications that are triggered when an offender moves into their area. Those who sign up online can also obtain a notification with an offenders work address.

“These enhancements to the offender registry are designed to help keep our communities safe and informed,” said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

The improvements to the registry were funded through federal grants and help keep Kansas in compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

Douglas County currently has 86 sex offenders, 22 violent offenders and 14 drug offenders listed on the site.

To view and search the site, visit www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender.

Comments

Rudy101 1 year, 11 months ago

You think you can start listing so-called social media profiles on a sex offender registry? See, it a profile shows up on a sex offender registry that profile will likely be removed. The State cannot force a person to give up his media accounts for the purpose of removing them or publisizing them to make them meaningless.

The registry does NOT keep the community safe. What the design of the registry is or not is immaterial.

The registry cannot be used to take ANY Constitutional protections either through the front door or the back door.

If that registry is being used to isolate, banish, harass, threaten and put fear into offenders, and take away Constitutuional rights, that registry as a matter of law does NOT have to be followed.

You don't get to make a list, but anyone you want on it, for however long you want, and make up restrictions as you go because you have some theory of protection.

It doesn't work that way. If there are no hearings in front of a judge, with fair standards and restrictions based upon individual circumstances and dangerousness, as determined by a COURT, your registry is MEANINGLESS.

Police States created out of legislative fiat are illegal, unconstitutional and do not have to be followed.

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akt2 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't see a problem with putting fear into sexual predators and deviants. They are a menace to society. If their internet habits, addresses, and work places are known, they might as well be out there for the innocents and those who protect the innocents to monitor and search.

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Rudy101 1 year, 11 months ago

You don't see a problem with it..but it is ILLEGAL and a registry used in that way doesn't have to be followed.

By the way, do they give YOU information on a registry? Just curious.

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