The Utah Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry provides registration and tracking of offenders following their conviction, release to the community, and after they are released from supervision. Due to variations in state laws and different requirements in states, the registry may be a source of confusion for some citizens. The Utah Department of Corrections’ Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry Office hopes to clear up some common questions and myths regarding the requirements in Utah.
Q: An offender was on the registry yesterday, why is he or she not on there now?
This is the most common question from the public according to Jennifer Calvo, Deputy Compact Administrator for the Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry. Many offenders do not have to be on the registry permanently.
“Many people believe that every sex offense is registerable for life in the state of Utah,” said Calvo. “However, some offenders terminate their registration requirements and are removed from the registry, ten years from his or her termination of sentence date.”
The Utah Code Title 77-41-112 lists specific scenarios in which an offender with a Utah offense can request early removal from the registry. Still, only offenders who meet all the qualifications of 77-41-112 can request early removal.
Q: Why don’t sex offenders have a sign in their front yard, and why didn’t the offender inform me of his or her status when I moved in?
While some states require mandatory residential notification when an offender moves into the neighborhood, this is not a requirement in Utah. The Utah statute does not require an offender to divulge his or her offenses to neighbors or acquaintances.
Q: An offender is violating a restriction that is in place in another state, why don’t you come and arrest this offender?
Sex offenders who reside in Utah are only subject to the laws in our state. All 50 states have registry laws specific to their state. The terms of these registries vary from state to state. Some varying requirements between states are how often an offender is required to register, how they register (in person or by mail) and with whom they register, residency restrictions, and the ability to go to a public park or pool.
Q: He or she is on the sex offender registry, why are you allowing him or her to have children?
“In Utah, if an offender is on supervision, his or her agent or at times a court order will not allow an offender to live with their children, even if they are not the victims of the registrable offense,” said Calvo. “Nonetheless, no one can force an offender to not have children of his or her own.”
The Registry Office updates the registry daily and provides important information about offenders for public safety purposes. For more information on the laws or to provide information to the Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry, please contact their office at (801) 495-7700 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or see Utah Code Title 77-41, Utah Code Title 77-41, Utah Code of Criminal Procedure, Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry.
-Public Information Office, August 29, 2017