FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Wednesday, October 10, 2012
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605)773-3215
South Dakota Non-Compliant Sex Offender Rate Remains Low
PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the compliancy rate for registered sex offenders is 98.7% across the state. Currently, 3027 sex offenders reside statewide with just 40 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 reregister every six month.
“Keeping the public and children safe is the ultimate goal of the South Dakota’s sex offender registry,” said Jackley. “This remarkably low non-compliant rate is the result of the attentive work of law enforcement and these individuals should be commended.”
South Dakota’s Sex Offender Registry was the fourth state in the nation to become certified. To be certified the State must substantially implement the provision of SORNA. To date, South Dakota is only one of sixteen states whose registries have met the national SORNA certification requirements.