The information in the county registry will be verified annually for each registrant. The data is regarded as public record and available for public inspection.
No information will be provided on victims.
The General Assembly called for creation of such a web site in legislation passed last year.
The data will be maintained on each offender for at least 10 years. The Department of Criminal Information will maintain the registration information permanently, even after the registrant's reporting requirement expires.
Easley called the web site a big improvement. He said that previously anyone making an inquiry about a sex offender had to know the person's name before the sheriff could run a check.
On the website, information can be sought using a zip code, street, specific offense or the person's name, if known.
A North Carolina resident who has a reportable conviction is required to maintain registration with the sheriff of the county in which he or she resides. If the person moved here from another state, he or she must register within 10 days of establishing residence, or whenever the perso has been present in the state for 15 days, which ever comes first.
People who are current state residents must register within 10 days of release from a penal institution or arrival in a county to live outside a penal institution or immediately on conviction for a reportable offense, where an active prison term was not imposed.
Each sheriff's office will have forms on hand for registering people.
The state office of the American Civil Liberties Union said the way the state has established the web site it is constitutional.
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