September 2nd, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Information on the National Sex Offender Public Website

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/01/california.garrido.monitoring/art.garrido.krca.jpg caption="Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday."]

U.S. Department of Justice

Phillip Garrido was registered as a sex offender, regularly visited by parole officers and fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his movements.

Garrido is charged with kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, when she was 11, and raping her over the course of years.

The case has raised many questions, including how people are registered on the sex offender public registry.

There are numerous watchdog groups that track registered sex offenders, but the U.S. Department of Justice maintains a public website.

Sex offenders are subject to the registration laws of the jurisdictions where they work, live, attend school, or were convicted. Each jurisdiction’s registration requirements might be different. Some jurisdictions require a sex offender’s registration information to remain on their public registry Website even after they have relocated to another jurisdiction.

For more information and FAQs on the sex offender website, go here.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Jaycee Dugard
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Cheryl

    The registry does not tell us what the person actually did and when they did it. That is extremely important information for the public to have in order to make decisions on the dangerousness of a former offender. Very few states use risk assessment to determine dangerousness and even fewer use those risk assessments for any real purpose. This man, with his obvious mental disorder should have been a high risk offender. His behavior over the years got more and more bizarre. The SYSTEM failed Jaycee. In the overloaded registry, the most dangerous offender is mixed in right along the low risk offender. It is crazy. When the system fails it is time to rework the system, not put more unnecessary burden on it. The incidence of stranger assaults like this and like those whose victim is murdered are extremely rare, thank God.

    September 3, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  2. Cheryl

    Articles are starting about how we need more and more strict regulation on sex offender due to this case. Reporters are bringing up all the old (I mean OLD) cases. This is just lazy reporting. Lets have some good ole Edward R Murrow reporting on this.
    Lets really protect the children and show the real, the whole story.
    The story here is that knee-jerk laws don't work. GPS is a huge waste of resources and money. Residency restrictions cause more harm than good. Forcing former offenders out into the Netherlands just makes it harder for LE to watch them.
    All the low risk, no risk offenders on the registry and on long probation just dilutes our resources and takes the focus away from high risk offenders. There are many professionals in the sex offender arena and we are doing the exact opposite of what they recommend...the result are that we are doing more harm than good.

    September 3, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  3. Ms. Williams

    I'm in Birmingham, AL, watching AC360 and the story on the 18 year abduction. There were tw women commenting on the story and one of them, I believe it was Lisa Bloom – used the word (and I know this spelling is wrong) "proclevigations" in reference to the potential sentencing of the couple. I would like to know the correct spelling of the word if possible. I am a speech teacher at a local college and I made an assignement for my students to collect new words and I felt that this would be a great one for me to take in to them.

    If you can help I would appreciate it immensly. Thanks for your time and have a great day.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:31 am |
  4. souri

    Can't believe the sex offender's attorney. Quote" she is frightened":/ Oh really and how about those innocent kids that have been frightened night after night in that horrifying house... I sure hater to be a lawyer trying to defend these criminals..

    September 3, 2009 at 2:00 am |
  5. Samuel Noble

    We also need to remember that the justice system is set up to deal with such people. There are certain programs that are able to reprogram people. Not nessarily to make them normal but that will help them not repeat their offenses ever again. Its not up to us to get in their faces about their problems.
    We all experience life differently. After all each of us need kind and descent people to turn to in hours of need. We all want to point to out so quickly what is wrong with each other..we never take the time to look inside of ourselves first to see if we are ones who made the unwise choice in the first place.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:49 am |
  6. helene

    after personal experience here today it is too easy to see how & why violence domestic violence & sex crimes continue. sure seems courts don't want to bother. in a chicago suburb today a man had marijuana child porn & child molestation charges. plea bargain caused molest charges to be dropped.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:23 am |
  7. JC-Los Angeles

    It's one thing to out all of our politicians, corporate executives and leaders for the frauds that they are but to now add parole officers and the US Justice Department is beyond the pale.

    September 3, 2009 at 12:49 am |
  8. liz

    I can't believe this monster got away with this crime so many times. Authorities should be held responsible for this despicable mistake.

    September 3, 2009 at 12:10 am |