Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence applauds Kentucky for participating in unprecedented public safety resource

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 18, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611

Kentucky one of 23 states in pilot National Sex Offender Public Registry

FRANKFORT, Ky:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller held a joint press conference today to emphasize the importance of Kentucky participating in the launch of the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) website,  Kentucky is one of the charter participants in this pilot project, which launched on July 20, 2005. 

“As we consider ways to strengthen Kentucky’s sexual offender laws, we realize that advancing technology is an excellent opportunity for promoting safety,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “The NSOPR provides another tool to allow the public to educate themselves about where predators may be living, both in Kentucky and across state boundaries.”

23 states and the District of Columbia are currently participating in the pilot program.  The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) expects the remaining state public sexual offender registries will be added to the national registry by January 2006.

Users can search for listed registered sex offenders by selecting one or more states simultaneously to search for a name, or may search by ZIP code. 

"The Kentucky State Police are vigilant stewards of the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry," advised KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller.  "We recognize the importance of providing this information and work diligently to ensure its accuracy.  We are pleased our system could be linked effectively to the National Sex Offender Public Registry.  The information provided on the registry allows everyone the opportunity to ensure their personal safety."

“There are over 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide,” continued Lieutenant Governor Pence. “Access to public registry information nationwide is essential for citizens to help identify sex offenders beyond their own streets or neighborhoods.”

States currently linked to the Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Registry include: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and also the District of Columbia.