Oregon sex offender web site
Also in the queue: More than 13,000 updated change-of-address or annual registrations.The 12-person sex offender registration unit, which does the record-keeping but not enforcement, lost more than three-quarters of its staff this past summer to retirement and moves to other jobs.Plagued by significant staff turnover this year, they're still working to log in the names of more than 1,200 sex offenders who had to register for the first time since 2011, Curths said."We only have one person who is qualified to do that right now," he said.Oregon is among four states that have done the least to comply, completing only eight of the 14 federal guidelines, according to a study this year by the U. The reason in many of the cases, including Oregon's, is that states must change their laws to meet the federal standards, but lack the political will or the money -- an estimated .5 million to million in Oregon — to make it happen.Some states also feel the federal law stigmatizes offenders while giving the public a false sense of security. They lose 10 percent of an annual federal crime-fighting grant or, like Oregon, must direct the 10 percent to try to get in line with the federal law.The staff works to at least note in the database by day's end that a "pending registration" is waiting for processing.
Oregon State Police, who are responsible for the state's sex offender database, acknowledge that they still have a long way to go to fulfill the federal law, also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act or SORNA.They lived or landed in Oregon, a state with one of the worst records in the country at following federal standards intended to thwart roaming sex offenders.It has become a haven for offenders who want to escape much stricter rules in other states.In fact, Oregon has the most registered sex offenders per capita of any state except one, national statistics show. Others come to Oregon with no intention of playing by the rules. They exploit federal and state laws that rely on the honor system. Police often discover violators only after they commit another crime, get pulled over during a traffic stop or because someone reports them."Most of these cases, to be blunt, are dumb luck," said Josh Marquis, Clatsop County's district attorney who handled one of Beebout's arraignments.