DOJ Web site to unify sex offender data

Alberto Gonzales

The Justice Department plans to launch a nationwide, searchable sex offender registry by the end of this year, attorney general Alberto Gonzales said late last month.

'The National Sex Offender Registry will provide one-stop access to registries from the 48 states that have them,' according to Gonzales' statement during a National Press Club lunch in Washington. 'And we will work with the two remaining states to be sure that everyone gets on board with this important public notification system.'

Gonzales said the new registry would go live with information from 20 states in 60 days, with additional states added in the following months.

State participation is voluntary. Oregon and Rhode Island lack sex offender registries, according to press reports.

Gonzales said the federal site would allow the general public and law enforcement workers to determine the current location of sex offenders.

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