South Dakota sex offender registry maintains national certification
PIERRE S.D. – In a statement released today by the Attorney General federal authorities have confirmed that the South Dakota’s Sex Offender Registry continues to maintain its national certification as part of the Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
“A key part of keeping South Dakota safe is continuing vigilance and supervision of the sex offender registration and community notification,” said Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. “It is an important part of my commitment to improving the safety of our communities that our State provides a sex offender registry that exceeds national standards, partners with our reservation communities, and protects our children.”
South Dakota was the fourth registry in the nation to be certified. Currently 32 states and the District of Columbia have not implemented SORNA. South Dakota has a compliancy rate of 98%. There are currently 3,777 registered sex offenders residing statewide with just 63 identified instances of non-compliance. State law requires those convicted of sex crimes to register as a sex offender within three business days of coming into any county to reside. Additional state law requires sex offenders to re-register every six months.
SORNA was established in 2006 as a part of Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. SORNA aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior laws, and the strengthen the nationwide network of sex offender registrations.
The attorney General is responsible for maintaining the sex offender registry and works closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to update the registry.
For more information and to view the current South Dakota Sex Offender Registry click HERE