Sex Offender Registry

Megan's Law

In 1994, unbeknownst to the parents of 7-year-old Megan Kanka of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, a twice convicted sex offender was living across the street from their home. They had no knowledge of his history until this neighbor was charged with the brutal rape and murder of their daughter.

This horrible crime, which occurred only months after a similar incident in Monmouth County, prompted states to pass laws that required notification about sex offenders who may pose a risk to the community. This New Jersey's law, commonly referred to as "Megan's Law", requires convicted sex offenders to register with local police.

Wisconsin State Statute 301.46(2m) authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender's release, when in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection.

If a subject is listed as a sex offender, IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE WANTED BY THE POLICE. They have served their time sentenced by the courts. Sex offender registry information is provided to the public to assist in ensuring a safer community. Use of this information to harass, harm or endanger an individual is illegal.

Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Information

The State of Wisconsin's Department of Corrections does provide a toll free phone number for accessing information regarding sex offenders in our state. The toll free number is: 1-800-398-2403

To better explain this process, the following information was taken from the Department of Corrections for your reference.

Statement of Purpose: 
A Service to Help Protect Wisconsin's Citizens Beginning June 1, 1997, Wisconsin Act 440, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law, provides the public with automated access to information about offenders who are required to register with the Department of Corrections. Registration serves as a means for monitoring and tracking an offender's whereabouts, providing access to the Registry information for law enforcement agencies, victims, public/private organizations and the general public is intended to promote public safety and help detect and prevent crime. Access to the Registry is provided by the Department of Corrections through the Sex Offender Registry System.

available through a toll free 24-hour automated information system (available in both English and Spanish) designed to provide community organizations, employers, and the general public with a means to directly access the Registry to find out whether a specific person is a registered sex offender.

a crime hot line to report suspected criminal activity or a system to provide a list of offenders who reside in your neighborhood. The Registry only contains information on offenders who, on or after 12/25/93,were:sentenced; in an institutional setting; discharged; or on field supervision.

After you dial 1-800-398-2403, you will be asked to enter your Victim Identification Number. If you do not have an ID number, you will then be given a choice to either obtain instructions on how to proceed in accessing information or to directly proceed to the Registry access system. If you do not have a Victim Identification Number, you will be told the following: Information maintained in the Registry only includes information on certain offenders since December 25, 1993; Use of this information to commit a crime against any registrant or to engage in any illegal discrimination of harassment is prohibited; and The number you have called is not a crime hot line and that any suspected criminal activity should be reported to local authorities.

If you do not have a Victim Identification Number, you must be prepared to provide the following information regarding the person(s) whom you are inquiring about: the person's full name,* exact birth date,* and either social security number, or driver's license number. *

Required information 
Since the system will prompt you to enter this information on a telephone keypad, it is recommended that you take the time to write this information out and convert letters to correspond to the numbers on the keypad. For example, "PERSON" is "737766" on your touch tone telephone. Use the "1" key for Q and Z. It is necessary to have the above information on the person(s) you are inquiring about, in order to ensure that a reliable search is made against the database, and that the information provided to the caller is accurate. The purpose of requiring specific identifying information is to create a safeguard from providing false or misleading information from the Registry. Providing insufficient or incomplete identifying information will lead to an inconclusive search of the Registry.

Information made available to community agencies, organizations and the general public through this toll free number includes: Verification if the person is on the Registry and if yes, Date information was last updated, Registrant name and any known aliases, Conviction which requires registration, date of conviction and the state convicted in Registry status indicating if the registrant is not in compliance with the Registry requirements, as prescribed by law Name and phone number of supervising unit if the registrant is under current supervision by the Department of Corrections Callers with a Victim Identification Number will have access to additional information.

It is illegal to use information obtained through the Registry to commit a crime against any registrant or to engage in any illegal discrimination or harassment. The registrant's address will not be provided, nor will any victim information be disclosed. The Registry will not provide information or identify those individuals who were adjudicated under a juvenile court proceeding or who are under the age of 18. The Registry does not contain information on all convicted sex offenders or those individuals whose sexually violent behaviors have not come to the attention of the authorities. The information contained in the Registry is limited by the effective date of the law (12/25/93) and to those offenders who have been arrested and convicted, adjudicated or committed for a crime specified under the law. Please consider these limitations when obtaining information from the Registry.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections 
Sex Offender Registry Program 
Post Office Box 7925 
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7925 
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