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In 1992, the Louisiana legislature enacted this state's first law mandating the registration of persons convicted of sex offenses and offenses against victims who are minors.  The registration was done by local law enforcement agencies.  The sheriff’s offices and police departments receiving sex offender registration information were required to forward the offender's fingerprints and related information to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of State Police, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information (the Bureau).  The Bureau was charged with maintaining a central registry of sex offenders and child predators.  The registry was initially established as a manual reporting and retrieval system.

In October of 1994, Congress enacted the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (the Wetterling Act).  In broad terms, the Wetterling Act set guidelines for the state sex offender registration programs. States had three years from the enactment of the law to bring their registration programs into compliance with these federal standards.  The Wetterling Act originally restricted release and dissemination of registration information. 

The brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka prompted a public demand for broad based community notification of the location of known sexual predators.  In 1996, Congress passed “Megan’s Law” which amended the Wetterling Act to provide for release of registration information in accordance with state laws.  On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed “Megan’s Law”.  Soon thereafter, Louisiana enacted sexual predator and sex offender registration and notification laws.  Megan’s Law requires the following two components:

  1. Sex offender Registration

  2. Community Notification

Megan’s Law allows States to establish criteria for disclosure and compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public.  The primary responsibility of keeping track of sex offenders and child predators located in Louisiana lies with the Louisiana State Police.  You can learn more about the program and limitations placed on sex offenders at the Louisiana State Police Website http://www.lsp.org/socpr/default.html .

During the 1997 Regular Legislative Session, Act 1147 was passed by the Louisiana Legislature amending this state's existing sex offender registration laws to bring them into conformity with the provisions of the Jacob Wetterling Act, Megan's Law, and the Pam Lyncher Act.

In June of 2006, Congress enacted the Adam Walsh Act.  On January 1, 2008 Louisiana legislature amended the state's existing sex offender registration laws to bring them into conformity with the provisions of the new Adam Walsh Act.  The amendments also mandate that a central registry of sex offenders be maintained by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of State Police, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information (the Bureau).  This registry is known as the "State Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry".  The Bureau is also mandated to participate in the National Sex Offender Registry.

As a community service, the JPSO has teamed with the Louisiana State Police and OffenderWatch® to provide the citizens of Jefferson Parish with a quick and easy way to identify any sex offenders who may be residing near their home.  You may confidentially register as a user and we will update you with information on any addresses you may be concerned about.  This service is provided to you free of charge.

Click here  for access to the JPSO Sex Offender portal page


BASIC OVERVIEW OF SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Who must register?

If convicted of a sex offense on or after June 18, 1992, or committed prior to June 18, 1992, if the person, as a result of the offense, is under the custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections on or after June 18, 1992.  Also if convicted under the laws of another state, or military, territorial, foreign, tribal, or federal law which is equivalent to an offense equivalent to an offense in the state of Louisiana.  The offender must register with State Police, the Sheriff’s Office and the local police department.  (See LA RS 15:541)

Information Collected

Name and any aliases used by the offender, Address of offender’s place of residence upon release from confinement, Crime for which the offender was convicted and entire criminal history, Date and place of conviction, SSN; Photograph, Fingerprints, DNA, Other such information needed to carry out the purposes of the law.

Additional Requirements

The offender must register within 3 business days of release from prison or within 3 business days of entering the state of Louisiana or changing his or her address.  The requirement for registration lasts for 15 years, 25 years or, in the case of violent predators, the requirement is lifetime.