1. Does Michigan provide sex offender information via the Internet?
  2. How much information about offenders is provided to the public?
  3. I know of someone who was convicted of a sex crime in Michigan, but his/her name is not on the list. Why not?
  4. How do I sign up to receive an email notification when a sex offender moves into my neighborhood?
  5. How do I change the address and/or radius designations?
  6. I never received an email notification to confirm my registration. Why not?
  7. How do I deactivate my email notification account?
  8. Can I track a specific offender’s moves?
  9. Can I download the entire list of sex offenders and their information from the Internet?
  10. Can the offender’s victim information be released?
  11. There are new search features on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry website. Can you explain these?
  12. What does the Status on the Offender Details page mean?
  13. Can I see a map of an offender’s location?
  14. If I click on the Links button at the top of the page, where do the links take me?  
  15. Who has to register as a sexual offender in Michigan?
  16. What are the listed offenses?
  17. What are the registry responsibilities of sex offenders?
  18. How long must offenders remain registered as sex offenders?
  19. How do I obtain additional information on an offense committed by a registered offender?
  20. What is the difference between the Sex Offender Registry (SOR) and the Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR)?
  21. Are there juvenile offenders on the PSOR?
  22. What happens when an offender moves to another state?
  23. Who should I contact if I know of an error on the website?
  24. Who should I contact if I think an offender is in violation of the Sex Offenders Registration Act?
  25. Are there websites similar to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry where I can access information regarding registered sex offenders in other states?
  26. If the Public Sex Offender website is not working properly, who do I report that to?

 

  1. Does Michigan provide sex offender information via the Internet?
    Yes. Convicted sex offenders who qualify under the Sex Offenders Registration Act, Act 295 of 1994, are listed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR) website.

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  1. How much information about offenders is provided to the public?
    The Public Sex Offender Registry site may include: Offender’s name, date of birth, registration number, photo, registration details, physical characteristics, known alias(es), scars, marks, tattoos, offense information, address information, campus information, employment information, and vehicle information.

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  1. I know of someone who was convicted of a sex crime in Michigan, but his/her name is not on the list. Why not?
    There are several reasons a sex offender may not be on the Public Sex Offender Registry, including:

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  1. How do I sign up to receive an email notification when a sex offender moves into my neighborhood?

o   Access the Public Sex Offender Registry site. Click on the “Register for Email Alerts” button at the top of the screen. 

o   Enter your name and home/email addresses.  A home address and email address are required so that the registry can provide you notification when a registered sex offender moves, enrolls in school, or is employed within the radius of the address you have entered. Your email data will not be shared with any other individuals or organizations. 

o   Select a radius of .25, .5, 1, or 2 miles.  Check the box to acknowledge you read the notice. Click on "Register". 

o   You will receive an email confirmation by the next day.

o   You can register multiple addresses with the same email account, i.e., sign up to be notified of offenders living within a radius of your home, school, employment, etc.

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  1. How do I change the address and/or radius designations?
    To change your address or radius designations, open your last email notification you received and click on the link that reads, “
    If you wish to update your registration information, please click here and enter your new information”. Make your changes and click on Submit.

If your email address changes or if you change Internet Service Provider, please report your new email address to info@crimewatchalert.com so you may continue to receive alerts based on your physical address.

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  1. I never received an email notification to confirm my registration. Why not?
    Because all browsers work differently, the email may have automatically been saved in a folder other than the "new" mail folder. Please check all incoming folders (Spam, Bulk Mail, etc.) of your email service.

    To better ensure that you receive the latest information you requested, please add the following email address to your personal address book: notifications@icrimewatch.net.

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  1. How do I deactivate my email notification account?
    To deactivate your account, go to the Public Sex Offender Registry site and click the “Unsubscribe from Email Alerts” link on the bottom of the page.  Type in your email address two times and click on “Unsubscribe”.

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  1. Can I track a specific offender’s moves?

Yes. After doing a search for an offender, click on the offender’s photo, name, or the magnifying glass and you will be taken to the Offender Details page. Click on the link below the photo titled “Register to track this offender”.  Enter your name and email address and acknowledge you read the notification notice. Click on “Register”. You will receive an email confirmation by the next day. Any time the offender moves, changes employment, or enrolls in school, you will be notified via email.

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  1. Can I download the entire list of sex offenders and their information from the Internet?
    The entire list of registered sex offenders and the corresponding information is not available for download at this time. You can, however, print each page you access.

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  1. Can the offender’s victim information be released?
    No. Michigan law does not allow dissemination of victim information.

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  1. There are new search features on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry website. Can you explain these?

The new site allows users to perform six search types to locate offenders:

o   In your area:  Use this search to view all published offenders within a specified radius of your home, business, school or other desired address.

o   Name:  Use this search to locate published offenders by last or first name (or any alias first or last name). Any match or partial match will be displayed.

o   City:  Use this search to locate published offenders by city of residence. Any match or partial match will be displayed.

o   Non-compliant:  Use this search to locate published Non-compliant offenders.

o   County:  Use this search to locate published offenders by county.

o   Zip Code:  Use this search to locate published offenders by zip code.

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  1. What does the Status on the Offender Details page mean?

The Status can include one of four possibilities.  See below for a brief description of each Status:

1.     Active (Compliant) - The offender has no known violations with the Sex Offender Registry.

2.     Active (Non-Compliant) - The offender has one or more of the following violations with the Sex Offender Registry:

a.     The offender has failed to pay a required registration fee.

b.     The offender has failed to sign a required registration form.

c.     The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to verify current address.

d.     The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to provide a current address.

e.     The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to report enrollment or discontinuation of enrollment in an institution of higher learning.

f.      The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to report employment or discontinuation of employment.

g.     The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to  report a vehicle or discontinuation of use of a vehicle.

h.     The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to  obtain a Michigan driver’s license or personal identification card.

i.      The offender has failed to report to a law enforcement agency to provide internet screen names and/or email addresses.

3.     Inactive-Incarcerated – The offender is currently incarcerated in the state of Michigan.

4.     Pending Out of State – The offender is currently relocating to another state or country. Registration requirements in the new state or country have not yet been determined.

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  1. Can I see a map of an offender’s location?

Yes. After doing a search for an offender, click on the offender’s photo, name, or the magnifying glass and you will be taken to the Offender Details page. Under the address heading, click on “View Map” and you will be taken to a map of the offender’s location. The map is adjustable to zoom in and out.  If the offender’s address has not been mapped, you will see the message “Address not mappable at this time” under the address heading and you will not be able to produce a map of the address.

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  1. If I click on the Links button at the top of the page, where do the links take me?
    The links displayed within the Links button provide the following information:

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  1. Who has to register as a sexual offender in Michigan?
    (1) Subject to subsection (2), the following individuals who are domiciled or temporarily reside in this state or who work with or without compensation or are students in this state are required to be registered under this act:

(2) An individual convicted of an offense added on September 1, 1999 to the definition of listed offense is not required to be registered solely because of that listed offense unless 1 of the following applies:

(3) A nonresident who is convicted in this state on or after July 1, 2011, of committing a listed offense who is not otherwise described in subsection (1) shall nevertheless register under this act. However, the continued reporting requirements of this act do not apply to the individual while he or she remains a nonresident and is not otherwise required to report under this act. The individual shall have his or her photograph taken under section 5a.

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  1. What are the listed offenses?
    Pursuant to M.C.L. 28.722, the following are the listed offenses that require registration in Michigan. Juvenile offenders are only required to register for Tier 3 offenses.

    Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

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  1. What are the registry responsibilities of sex offenders?
    1. Offenders must report in-person to their local law enforcement agency or state police post to verify their address according to the following schedule:

2. Offenders must report the following information within three (3) business days:

 

3. Offenders must provide the following information during their next verification period:

 

4. Offenders must pay an annual $50 fee.
5. Offenders must maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license or personal identification card.
6. Offenders must sign all required registration forms.
7. Offenders must not reside, work, or loiter in a student safety zone.

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  1. How long must offenders remain registered as sex offenders?

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  1. How do I obtain additional information on an offense committed by a registered offender?
    If you know the county in which the offense was committed, you can contact the court of conviction to request a copy of the court file. A complete directory of Michigan Trial Courts can be found on the
    Michigan Courts website.

    If you do not know the county in which the offense was committed, you can obtain a copy of the criminal history record (CHR) through the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT). The criminal history record will include the county in which the offense occurred. You can then contact the court of conviction and request a copy of the court file. A search on ICHAT requires the individual’s name and date of birth. There is a fee for each search. To access ICHAT, please
    click here.

    Please note: A conviction will not appear on a criminal history check if the offender has a sealed or expunged record or was convicted in another state.

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  1. What is the difference between the Sex Offender Registry (SOR) and the Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR)?
    The SOR is the database that contains the sex offender registration records (both public and non-public offender information) that is available only for law enforcement purposes.

    The PSOR is the internet site that displays the public offender information contained in the SOR database for the public to view.

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  1. Are there juvenile offenders on the PSOR?
    No. Juvenile offenders do not appear on the Public Sex Offender Registry.

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  1. What happens when an offender moves to another state?
    Offenders who move to another state are required to report to their nearest law enforcement agency 3 business days prior to moving to provide their new address. The MSP Sex Offender Registration Unit then notifies the other state of the offender’s reported new address. Offenders who move to another country are required to report to their local law enforcement agency 21 days prior to moving to provide their new address.

    After leaving the state, offenders will no longer appear on the PSOR website and are no longer active registrants unless they relocate back to Michigan.

    Once in the new state, offenders must comply with the registry requirements of that state.

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  1. Who should I contact if I know of an error on the website?
    If you are aware of an error regarding an offender’s information on the website, you may either submit a tip to the Sex Offender Registry or you can contact the law enforcement agency where the offender’s registered address is located.

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  1. Who should I contact if I think an offender is in violation of the Sex Offenders Registration Act?
    If you think an offender is in violation of his registration requirements, you should contact the local law enforcement agency where the offender is actually residing.

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  1. Are there websites similar to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry where I can access information regarding registered sex offenders in other states?
    Yes. Some states have Internet sites listing registered sex offenders within their state. A list of websites by state can be found at:
    http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/registry.htm.

    In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice established the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website at
    www.nsopw.gov. This site allows citizens to search the sex offender registries of participating states.

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  1. If the Public Sex Offender website is not working properly, who do I report that to?

For technical questions, send email to techsupport@crimewatchalert.com.

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