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 http://sor.sd.gov.
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