Tennessee sex offender registry gets online ‘overhaul’ of data, resources
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATER) – The state’s revamped online sex offender registry launched this week and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it gives the public valuable resources related to personal and digital security. New sex offender registry shares personal information; not only for where they live, but also for where they work.
Near the top of the new registry site, you’ll find wanted sex offenders in the state who violate state sex offender registry laws. Site users can also view map data, safety and education, and sign up to receive email alerts.
TBI officials said on Wednesday they launched the revised sex offender registry to “modernize the look, feel and function of the public safety resource.” Funding for the project obtained by the TBI comes from grants totaling more than $ 180,000 from the US Department of Justice and a contract with a private supplier, Steeple Technologies, to program the majority of the new registry.
TBI also worked with the State of Tennessee Strategic Technology Solutions group to update the mapping portion of the site.
More than two years of planning and programming have gone into the sex offender registry which officials say now offers “clearer navigation, more robust email notifications, increased focus on runaway offenders.”
The registry contains not only the name, photo and last known address of each sex offender, but also their employer’s address and other personal information.
The Tennessee Code, Title 40 – Criminal Procedure, Chapter 39 states that the Tennessee General Assembly finds and declares that those convicted of these sexual offenses have reduced expectations of privacy because of the public interest for public safety.
According to the site, the registry “exists as a public information resource enabling citizens to take proactive steps to ensure safety in their communities.” it is updated daily and the TBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the information shared. The register is updated daily.
“While the TBI serves as a repository for data on sex offenders, local law enforcement agencies assume responsibilities for updating offender profiles in accordance with state law,” he said. the BIT said in its press release on the new registry. “The redesign of the publicly available registry follows updates several years ago to the software systems that law enforcement agencies use to update offender data. “
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