Sex Offender Rules Explained
Sex offender registries in the United States exist at both the federal and state levels. Registries contain information about persons convicted of sexual offenses for law enforcement and public notification purposes.
Sex offenders are required to register in Arkansas. Details on the Sex Offender Registration Act of 1997 can be found in Arkansas Code Annotated §12-12-901 — 12-12-920.
Who is required to Register?
Any individual who is convicted of certain sex offenses and offenses against children.
Any individual who was incarcerated, on probation or parole, or serving any other form of community supervision as the result of an adjudication of guilt for the listed offenses as of this Act’s effective date.
Any person who is acquitted on the grounds of mental disease or defect for the listed offenses.
Any person who was required to register under the Habitual Child Sex Offender Registration Act, Arkansas Code Annotated §12-12-901.
A sex offender moving to or returning to this state from another jurisdiction shall register with the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction within 3 business days of establishing residency.
Failure to Register
A person who fails to register, who fails to report changes of address or fails to comply with assessment as required, shall be guilty of a Class C felony.
Registered Sex Offenders on the Web
All registered sex offenders in the State of Arkansas are required to submit to assessment by the Sex Offender Screening & Risk Assessment Program coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Correction. Each offender is assigned a risk level based on the results of the assessment. Offenders failing to submit to assessment are assigned default Risk Level 3.
Arkansas Code Annotated §12-12-913 (j)(1)(A), mandates that information on registered sex offenders determined to pose the highest level of risk to the public (Level 3 and Level 4), must be available on the Arkansas state website by January 1, 2004. Recent changes in the law have added public access to information regarding Level 2 offenders who were 18 or older and the victim was 14 or younger at the time of the offense.
Based on information obtained from the risk assessment process, offenders are assigned the following levels: Level 1: Low Risk; Level 2: Moderate Risk; Level 3: High Risk; Level 4: Sexually Violent Predator.
For additional information, contact Paula Stitz, Sex Offender Registry Manager, at 501-682-2222.
https://www.nsopw.gov United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website
https://www.ark.org/offender-search/index.php ACIC Sex Offender Registry Search and Mapping
https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/crime-info-support/arkansas-crime-information-center/community-information/ ACIC Community Information Regarding Sex Offenders