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North Dakota updates sex offender website

Photos, search functions and offense descriptions now exist for all offenders, not just high-risk or lifetime offenders.

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BISMARCK — North Dakota has updated its sex offender website to make finding information easier, the state’s lead law enforcement official said Tuesday, June 21.

Attorney General Drew Wrigley announced the rollout of the new features in a news release. The improvements include displaying a map that shows the location of an offender’s address. It also includes photos, search functions and offense descriptions for all offenders, the release said.

Before the update, photos, search functions and offense description only existed for high-risk or lifetime offenders. People previously complained the site was difficult to search for some offenders, particularly those who didn’t have a risk level, Wrigley said in a statement.

“The updated website makes it easy to search for and find detailed information about every offender, regardless of their risk level,” Wrigley said in a statement.

More than 1,600 registered sex offenders lived, worked or went to school in North Dakota as of Friday.

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The website is sexoffender.nd.gov/offender/search .

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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