WYOMING SOR - about

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Introduction
The first Wyoming sex offender statutes were enacted in 1994. The Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Division of Investigation (DCI) created an in-house database to track registrants for management. Dissemination of information was risk based with no public access.

In 1999, Wyoming sex offender statutes were modified so persons convicted of certain offenses were required to register as sex offenders. If an individual was convicted of an "aggravated sex offense", a required hearing was held to determine his/her risk of re-offense to the community. Once the hearing was completed, the district court classified the individual as posing a high, moderate, or low risk of re-offense. By that statute, only those determined to be at a high risk of re-offending were posted to the Web pages. Most registered sex offenders did not meet criteria for inclusion in the high risk category; therefore, the public did not see their identities posted to the Web pages.

The Wyoming Legislature in 2007 modified the sex offender statutes such that, when enacted, the Division of Criminal Investigation is required to post all registered sex offenders on an internet site accessible to the general public. In part, one purpose of this legislation is to bring Wyoming into substantial compliance with the required provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 which was signed by the President in July, 2006. The Wyoming legislation contained an appropriation initiating implementation of scalable infrastructure for a sex offender registry system capable of managing compliance with the mandates of the federal legislation.
 
Goals and Objectives
The State of Wyoming's goals and objectives are to create and maintain the Wyoming sex offender registration system (WySORS) that will allow the entry of sex offender registration data into a central repository at the time an individual registers with local law enforcement in Wyoming. This will rapidly provide sex offender registration details to the public website designed to enhance public safety by allowing public query of the system.

This web portal will allow public inspection of sex offender registry information based on a query by name or geographic location with the aid of mapping features. In addition to the capability of querying the WySORS database, the web portal allows public subscription to a sex offender record for the purpose of receiving notification when a sex offender moves into a geographic area, changes address or is removed from the registry.

The U.S. Department of Justice, National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) routinely receives sex offender registration information from each of the states, including Wyoming in the form of an index and a hyperlink to a specific offender record maintained on the DCI sex offender web portal. Wyoming continues this participation with the NSOPR through a new automated interface with the NSOPR.

WySORS supports an interface to the state's law enforcement message switching system (WCJIN). Through this interface, National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, Inc. (NLETS) formatted queries are received from intrastate and interstate law enforcement with responses being returned through the same interface. In addition, the WCJIN interface provides access to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system for purposes of entering and maintaining convicted sexual offender records. To facilitate the exchange of data from local law enforcement to the WySORS and NCIC, a uniform system of standardized NCIC data sets are used for the entering, modification, supplement and cancellation of sex offender data. This standardized dataset is used by local law enforcement and DCI administration to facilitate uniform communication with the Wyoming message switch, National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), and NCIC.