Attorney General Jackley Says South Dakota Sex Offender Registry Maintains National Certification

Attorney General Marty Jackley


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Federal authorities recently certified that South Dakota’s Sex Offender Registration continues to implement the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  Attorney General Marty Jackley says sex offender registration and community notification are an important part of his office’s work to improve the safety of the state’s citizens.  He says in coming years, the state will continue to enforce registry compliance. South Dakota completed the renewal process in November and the Department of Justice has reaffirmed the status.

South Dakota was the fourth registry in the nation to be certified.  The compliancy rate in the state is 98.5%.  The A.G.’s office says that 3,052 sex offenders reside in the state 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 live.  Sex offenders must re-register every six months.  The Attorney General’s office works closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to update the registry.

Last year, the state entered into agreements with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to become registered entities of SORNA.  The agreements allow the tribes to maintain their own offender registries and have their sex offender’s data submitted electronically to be included into the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry.  South Dakota’s Sex Offender Registry can be found at

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  1. Truth be told Reply

    Attorney General Marty Jackley, another goverment robot. If the government says to violate the constitution, then Attorney General Marty Jackley is your man.

  2. It would be more informative if the financial statistics were included to allow citizens to see what this false sense of security costs the taxpayers but does nothing to protect children. If the registry is so effective, why does the number of sex offenders continue to
    rise? The “guilty” must pay for “their” crime but it is US, the taxpayers who really have to pay for the crime. And, the registry requires many to be on the registry for “life” which we will be paying for the rest of our lives also.

    If an equal amount was spent on prevention versus persecution to those who have already served “the time” for “their” crime those statistics and costs to taxpayers
    would both decline. Here’s another statistic, 95% of sex offenses are committed by someone known and trusted to them, not someone on the registry.

  3. ShellyStow Reply

    The innuendo that implementation of SORNA is responsible for the high registry compliance rate is false and misleading. Even though some entities like to scare people by claiming there are thousands upon thousands of registrants stalking the nation, the fact is that every jurisdiction and state that reports compliance statistics report comparable figures.

    “…sex offender registration and community notification are an important part of his office’s work to improve the safety of the state’s citizens.” This is also false. There is no study or evidence of any correlation between these laws and public safety. There is, however, a huge body of evidence showing the opposite. Recidivism for a sexual offense is extremely low and always has been. Once caught, very few continue to offend, and this was true long before the public registry became the vogue.

    The only people who benefit positively from the sex offender industry are those who make money off of it, those who have job security due to it, and those who get and stay elected by using it and the myths and lies to their advantage.

  4. Why did you not publish my comments yet? Don’t like the truth?

    And they continue to ignore their oath of office to defend the Constitutional rights of everybody, including ex-sex offenders, just to help themselves look “tough” on crime while actually doing nothing.

    The sex offender registry is nothing more than an online hit-list for vigilantes to use to target ex-sex offenders and their families for harassment, or worse, and it’s been known to happen, and is increasing:

    The registry doesn’t protect anybody or prevent crime, and neither does the residency restrictions, which only force people into exile, homelessness and joblessness.

    And if you really wanted to protect children, then, like the Adam Walsh CHILD PROTECTION and Safety Act suggests, you’d put all criminals who harm children on the registry, not just those that include sex of exposure of some form.

    Why not have a registry for all criminals so we can all have the right to know where all the criminals live around us? If it saves one child, isn’t it worth it?

    Or are you just using ex-sex offenders as today’s scapegoat, and to help yourselves look “tough” on crime and make money for those who exploit sex, children and criminal records for their own personal gain?