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Utah Sex Offender Registry and Its Purpose

Utah’s Sex Offender Registry: Everything You Should Know

There are 7,809 people listed in the sex offender registry Utah maintains through the Department of Corrections. That includes 2,037 who are on probation or parole and another 3,667 who are no longer incarcerated, on probation, or on parole but who still must register (August 2020). The laws governing the registry are lengthy and very detailed. Below are answers to some of the most common questions about the Utah Sex Offender & Kidnap Offender Registry.

This information is to help you understand some of the essential responsibilities and restrictions of people who are entered into the registry.

What You Should Know About the Sex Offender Registry

For complete details about the registry, please search the Utah Department of Corrections website. Here’s a list of helpful sex offender registry facts to help you familiarize yourself with the laws:

What Is the Purpose of the Sex Offender Registry?

The Utah sex offender registry is a publicly transparent tracking system for monitoring sex offenders after their release from serving their sentences back into their communities. It is designed to provide information to the public, law enforcement agencies, and other entities to help ensure public safety and protect potential victims.

How Long Do People Have To Stay on the Registry?

A person may be required to stay registered for either 10 years or for his or her lifetime. To see which term is required for a specific crime, see the Department of Corrections community notifications page accessible through the link.

In cases of some particular crimes, the convicted person can be allowed to petition the court for a reduced term on the registry. Five years after completing his or her sentence, an individual convicted of one of the offenses listed as eligible for reduced registry time can ask the court to approve early removal.

Where Do People Register?

The Utah Department of Corrections maintains the Utah Sex Offender & Kidnap Offender Registry. The DOC monitors offenders who are currently under the supervision of Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P). All other people registered are monitored by their local law enforcement authority, such as their county sheriff.

Utah Department of Corrections Requirements for Registering

To register with the Utah Sex Offender & Kidnap Offender Registry:

Offenders who are currently under AP&P supervision: Register with AP&P
Offenders who are no longer under AP&P supervision: Register with your local sheriff’s department, municipal police department, or other primary law enforcement authority responsible for registration at your location.

When Are People Required to Register?

Offenders are required to re-register two times each year:

  1. Register during the month of your birth date.
  2. Register during the month which is six months after the month in which you have your birth date.

Every time you make one of these changes, you must register within three business days:

  • When you move to a different primary residence,
  • When you change a secondary residence,
  • When you change jobs to a new place of employment
  • When you get a different vehicle or change vehicle information
  • When you change your educational information.

Offenders entering Utah from another state of residence must register within 10 days of arriving in Utah, regardless of how brief your length of stay is intended to be. See the list of offenses that require registration in this state under Utah Code 77-41-102 (9,17), accessible through the link.

What Information is Listed on the Sex Offender Registry?

The national sex offender registry is a publicly accessible database that contains specific information about individuals convicted of sex offenses. Here is a summary of the type of information typically listed on the sex offender registry:

  • Personal Information: The registry includes the offender’s full name, aliases, date of birth, physical description (such as height, weight, and eye color), and any distinguishing marks or tattoos.
    Residential Address: The registry provides the current residential address of the offender, including the ZIP code and any additional information related to their dwelling place, such as an apartment number.

  • Photograph: A recent photograph of the offender is usually included to aid in identification and help the public recognize and report any suspicious activity.
  • Offense Details: The registry specifies the nature of the sex offense(s) committed by the individual. This includes information about the specific crime, the date it occurred, and the jurisdiction responsible for the conviction.
  • Criminal History: In addition to the offense details, the registry may also list the offender’s criminal history, including previous sex offenses or other relevant criminal convictions.
  • Risk Level: Some sex offender registries assign risk levels to offenders based on an assessment of their likelihood to re-offend. These levels are intended to provide an indication of the potential danger an individual may pose to the community.
  • Contact Information: The registry often includes the contact information for the agency or department responsible for maintaining the registry. This allows individuals to report any concerns or provide additional information related to a registered sex offender.

Who Can Get Removed From the Registry Early?

Offenders convicted of a crime listed on the Department of Corrections community notifications webpage, might be eligible to petition for removal from the sex offender registry five years after they have completed their sentence. Crimes for which sex offenders may be eligible to be removed early from the Sex Offender Registry include those indicated on the list and possibly others.

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Craig R. Chlarson