Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry will be getting an upgrade, thanks to a special grant.
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Iowa $109,876 from the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant.
With that money, new equipment will be purchased in order to update the registry in a timely and efficient manner.
Sheriff’s offices across the state are responsible for registering and monitoring more than 5,700 sex offenders.
“These improvements will allow photos of sex offenders to be sent and posted to the Division of Criminal Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry with minimal delay, set up more feasible remote registration stations, and promote a paperless process,” said K. Brian London, Iowa’s Public Safety Commissioner.
Last year, the Iowa Sex Offender Registry emailed more than 283,000 notifications on the movement of offenders and changes in relevant information. The website averages over one million page views every month.
(Thanks to our sister station WHO-TV for this report)