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South Dakota Sex Offender Registry Maintains National Certification


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :  Wednesday, January 2, 2013
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605)773-3215   

South Dakota Sex Offender Registry Maintains
 National Certification

PIERRE, S.D.-   Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today federal authorities have certified that the South Dakota's Sex Offender Registry continues to substantially implement the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The State of South Dakota completed the renewal process in November 2012 and the Department of Justice has now reaffirmed the status.

“Sex offender registration and community notification are an important part of our commitment to improving the safety of our communities,” said Jackley. “As we move forward, the State will continue to diligently enforce compliance to ensure accuracy and to protect our children and communities.”

South Dakota was the fourth registry in the nation to be certified.  South Dakota currently has a compliancy rate of 98.5% across the state. Currently, 3,052 sex offenders reside statewide with just 47 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.

In 2010, the South Dakota Legislature worked with law enforcement to revise and strengthen the sex offender registry. The Attorney General is responsible for maintaining the sex offender registry, and works closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to update the registry.

In 2012, the State of South Dakota entered into joint powers agreements with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to become registered entities of SORNA. These agreements allow the Tribes to maintain their own offender registries and have their sex offender’s data submitted electronically for inclusion into the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry.

The South Dakota Sex Offender Registry can be found at this link .