Government site to provide state-by-state sex offender registries
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales calls it "one-stop access" to let the nation to find out about sex criminals nationwide. The Justice Department will launch a new Web site containing sex offender registries from 48 states. Oregon and Rhode Island don't have registries. Gonzales says it'll let people do a search to see if a sex predator from one state has moved to another. He says the sex offenders that "wiped away forever" the smiles of little girls like Jessica Lunsford provide a constant reminder that the nation needs to watch out for predators. North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan says 70 percent of the most violent sexual predators act again after getting out of prison, so tracking them is vitally important. Gonzales says he hopes the site will be up within two months.