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Ask Trooper Rob: Changes implemented to Sex Offender Registry

Published 9:36pm Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Changes to the reporting system associated with the Michigan Sex Offender Registy (MSOR or SOR) recently have been implemented.
Citizens are asked to call local law enforcement if they see an SOR and the address is incorrect or if they know the SOR is a fugitive and know their whereabouts.

Currently, the SOR is categorized into three tiers. Tier one must register for 15 years and are required to do so between January 1-15 every year. Tier two must register for 25 years and are required to do so in January and July, between the first and 15th.

Tier three must register for life and register between the first and 15th of January, April, July and October. On the Michigan State Police website is a list of offenses that determine what tier an SOR is listed under.

Beginning on the 16th of each of these reporting times, troopers around the state begin doing sweeps, looking for SORs who failed to verify their address during their reporting times. Random sweeps are also conducted to verify the addresses of those who did verify.

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. The internet address is www.mipor.state.mi.us.

To determine if the person is an SOR in or from another state, a list of websites by state can be found at www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/registry.htm.

If you know of someone who was convicted of a sex crime in Michigan, but his or her name is not on the list, there are several reasons a sex offender may not be on the Public Sex Offender Registry, including: The offender is an adjudicated juvenile. The offender is deceased. The offender is not a Michigan resident. The offender is registered for a single Tier 1 offense. The offender’s conviction was not a listed offense requiring registration. The offender’s conviction date was prior to October 1, 1995, and the offender was no longer involved with the criminal justice system for that offense at that time.

Juveniles are not listed on the SOR. Concerning where SOR’s live, the 2005 Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act (Public Act 127 of 2005) :

• Prohibits convicted sex offenders from working or loitering within a student safety zone, which is defined as the area that lies 1,000 feet or less from school property.

• Includes several exceptions, such as offenders who worked within the student safety zone prior to the effective date and offenders who intermittently or sporadically enter a zone for the purposes of work.
2005 Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act (Public Act 121 of 2005):

• Prohibits convicted sex offenders from residing within a student safety zone, which is defined as the area that lies 1,000 feet or less from school property.

• Includes several exceptions, such as offenders who worked or resided within a student safety zone before the effective date, offenders who are incarcerated at a facility within the zone and offenders who are patients at a facility within the zone.

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