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Sex offender registration in Idaho began on July 1, 1993. It also established a statutory duty for persons convicted of certain felony sex crimes to register with their local sheriff. In 1998, the Legislature repealed the original act and enacted the "Sexual Offenders Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act" to strengthen program administration and to expand public access to central registry information.
Also in 1998, they enacted the "Juvenile Sexual Offender Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act." Under the previous law, only juveniles convicted as adults were subject to sex offender registration.
Both the new registration laws became effective July 1, 1998. The adult law is codified as Title 18, Chapter 83, Idaho Code (sections 18-8301 through 18-8331) and the juvenile law is codified as Title 18, Chapter 84 Idaho Code (sections 18-8401 through 18-8414).
SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION NOTIFICATION AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT 18-8302.
The legislature finds that sexual offenders present a significant risk of reoffense and that efforts of law enforcement agencies to protect their communities, conduct investigations and quickly apprehend offenders who commit sexual offenses are impaired by the lack of current information available about individuals who have been convicted of sexual offenses who live within their jurisdiction. The legislature further finds that providing public access to certain information about convicted sexual offenders assists parents in the protection of their children. Such access further provides a means for organizations that work with youth or other vulnerable populations to prevent sexual offenders from threatening those served by the organizations. Finally, public access assists the community in being observant of convicted sexual offenders in order to prevent them from recommitting sexual crimes. Therefore, this state’s policy is to assist efforts of local law enforcement agencies to protect communities by requiring sexual offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies and to make certain information about sexual offenders available to the public as provided in this chapter.
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The information in the Idaho sex offender registry is provided only for the purpose of protecting the public. It is not to be used for the purpose of harassing or intimidating anyone. A person who uses registry information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to arrest and prosecution under sections 18-8326 or 18-8413, Idaho Code.