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Registered Sex Offender Moves Into Your Neighborhood — What You Can Do

Question: We discovered that someone who moved in down the street is a registered sex offender. How can we ensure that our families are protected from harm? Answer: The Sex Offender Registry was created in response to the Illinois Legislature’s determination to facilitate access to publicly available information about persons convicted of sex offenses. Illinois State Police has not considered or assessed the specific risk of re-offense with regard to any individual prior to his or her inclusion on this registry and has made no determination that any individual included in the registry is currently dangerous. Individuals included on the registry are included solely by virtue of their conviction record and Illinois state law. The primary purpose of providing this information is to make the information easily available and accessible, not to warn about any specific individuals. Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution.    

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