North Dakota's Sex Offender Registry Gets An Upgrade

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota passed a law that established a sex offender registry program in 1991. Now the registry is being upgraded to provide more information about offenders.

The registry, like others across the country, were created to give citizens the tools to protect themselves from becoming victims and to serve as a deterrent for future crimes.

The website now displays photos of all offenders regardless of risk level and provides additional search functions to determine offender location and description of their crimes. Individuals can also sign up to receive notifications about any offender. More information can be found on the website sexoffender.nd.gov.

“Many of the public safety features were only available for high-risk offenders and those required to register for life. The updated website makes it easy to search for and find detailed information about every offender, regardless of their risk level. The short synopsis of the crime will help the public to gauge their own level of concern about each offender,” said North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley.

Crimes that would require someone to register on North Dakota’s list range from indecent exposure to rape to various offenses against children like labor trafficking, KFYR-TV reported.

As of last week, there were more than 16,000 sex offenders with a requirement to register in North Dakota.