Governmental responses to health crisis for registrants: some good; some bad

There have been no updates since 4/8 because there have been on news items or information sent to me on the topic since then. What does this mean? I am not sure.


NV: Appears to be for the entire state. “ ‘Any registrant needing to update or change their information can visit the Offender Watch database at Changes will be stored in the database until the sex offender can visit the Records and Fingerprint Bureau and fill out the necessary paperwork.’ Offenders are advised to keep a screenshot, print out or email of the changed information to show law enforcement if necessary.”

Las Vegas, NV: Whereas this suggests it is “SOME.”  “Due to the closure of some Metropolitan Police Department facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, registered sex offenders needing to update or change their information must do so online.”


NM: Sheriff’s offices given permission by the governor’s office to conduct registrations and registration updates telephonically. This is verified, but I have no link.

St. Francois Co. MO: “Sex offenders are going to be made to call in.”

MI: This in from an advocate in MI: “. . .officials are preliminarily enjoined from enforcing registration, verification, school zone violations, and fee violations in connected with Michigan’s sex offender registry law from February 14, 2020 until the COVID-19 crisis has ended.” This appears to make MI the 4th state to go state wide.


Littleton, CO: “Attention! No in-person sex offender registrations are being completed during the COVID-19 restrictions. Phone registrations are being completed at this time.”

Denver, CO: “Attention! No in person Sex Offender Registrations are being completed during the Covid 19 restrictions. Phone registrations are being completed at this time.”

4/3/20 UPDATE

Saline Co. MO: “Sex offenders required to report in the month of April should contact Cathy at (660) 886-5511 Monday through Friday for further instructions prior to their scheduled registration date.”

OK: “Our office maintains business as usual as Sex and Violent Offender Registration is determined as essential in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.” Cheri Bolz, Coordinator Sex and Violent Offender Registration, Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

4/1/2020 UPDATE

Virgin Islands: “The Sex Offender Registry also is closed to the public; however, registration requirements remain in place. Sex offenders who are residing, employed or attending school in the territory and need to register or update their information must do so telephonically or via email.”

The report from 3/31 about Johnson Co. KS has now been independently verified.


VA: Virginia appears to have joined Oregon and Pennsylvania with the stoppage of in-person reporting statewide, at least for most situations.

Several reports have come in from individuals for which we have no independent verification; these are, as of today:

Johnson Co. KS: In-person suspended for April and May; call 913-715-5476 instead.

Montgomery Co. OH: In-person still required.

Geary CO. KS: Update by phone until further notice.

3/30/20 UPDATE

PA: “Due to the COVID-19 Emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in-person reporting is being temporarily suspended.”

NC: 3 of 100 counties have suspended in-person visits. See all counties here:

Bullhead City, AZ: “Bullhead City Police Department has temporarily closed its lobby for in-person contact. . . Sex offenders may call 928-763-9200 to comply with registration requirements.”


Douglas Co. NE: “Sex Offender registry is still taking place as scheduled.”

ND: “The Fargo Police Department is allowing sex offenders to register by phone in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, while other local law enforcement agencies continue the registration process with few changes.” This article quotes from NARSOL’s press release demanding the stoppage of in-person verifications.

Nodaway Co. MO: “. . . fingerprinting services will be suspended until April 20, when the situation will be re-evaluated. Sex offender checks will be done by phone until that date as well.”


Dallas Co. IO: “Everything that we do here at the Sheriff’s Office can be done online (like) weapons permits (and) there’s different rules for sex offenders checking in.” They don’t say what they are, just ‘different.’

Barry Co. MO: “Sex offenders needing to register by the end of March will need to call the office at 417-847-6556 and register by phone. If registration is due in April, contact the office after April 6 and staff will advise whether to register in person or by phone.”


New York: The state with the highest virus outbreak, but for registrants, it’s business as usual. “Courts will continue to process criminal arraignments, bail hearings, housing court issues involving challenges to housing code violations or landlord lockouts, as well as matters pertaining to sex offenders and emergency family court.”


Murietta, CA (and other CA locations): Registrants are still being required to do in-person verifications; ACSOL has filed suit asking for internet or telephone instead. Larry and Janice are doing a special conference call Sunday afternoon about this (


Jackson Co. FL: “Sexual Offenders, Sexual Predators and Felony Criminal Registrations will still be postponed until April 6th, at which time the registrants need to call into the Sheriff’s Office to check in for the registration schedule.”

Virgin Islands: “Sex offenders who are residing, employed or attending school in the territory and need to register or update their information must do so telephonically or via email. Offenders must understand that failure to comply with these obligations will subject them to prosecution for failure to register.”

Uvalde Co. TX: “Sex offenders needing to register or check in are to contact secretary Angelica Camacho by phone at 830-278-9147 to set up a date and time as required by law. UPD asks that they do not arrive at the department without an appointment.”

Washington Co. OH: “Arson and sex offenders will register by phone.”

Hamilton Co. OH: “An order . . . will restrict public access to the courthouse to those who have specific business, such as those seeking civil protection orders and temporary restraining orders, and sex offenders who are required [to]report.

Natrona Co. WY: “Sex Offenders please call to make any updates or changes.”




Dubuque Co. IO revision: “Sex offenders completing monthly check-ins will be conducted over the phone.”

Dallas, TX: “Offenders who are already registered who come to the police department will be asked to confirm their information, but then instructed to call and make an appointment to come back at a later date.”

Los Angeles, CA: According to ACSOL, the city “has stopped all in-person registration of individuals required to register as a sex offender in that city.”

3/23/20 UPDATE

Berrien Co. MI: “The records lobbies in St. Joseph and Niles will be closed to the public through April 6. Obtaining a pistol purchase permit, sex offender registrant updates and fingerprinting will be postponed until the records lobby reopens.”

Virginia Beach, VA: “The department will still process more serious services like in-person sex offender registrations, felony registrations and court-mandated traveling felon registrations.”

Jackson, MS: “All driver license stations are officially closed to the public except for the 9 MHP District Troop Stations across the state until March 31, 2020. [This is dated the 13th.] Reassessment will be made for reopening. The 9 MHP District Troop Stations will only provide the following services: Sex offender registry transactions (and two licensing services).”

I also have word that TN has suspended in-person reporting. I am awaiting official verification.

By Sandy 3/22/20 . . . Since we sent our press release, I have been sent links to information about various jurisdictions and their actions regarding in-person check-in verifications. I am pleased that some are taking the actions called for in our press release, some starting a week ago. Others, sadly, are not.

I have compiled a list of what I could find starting with the earliest I could find, March 17. I will made every attempt to update this with any new information daily. For the most part, items through the 22nd are posted under the date of the media piece, but going forward, I will post them under the date I hear of them.


Lake Co. OH: “For the health and safety of all we are limiting the influx of people into the Office, as are sheriffs in adjoining counties,” Leonbruno said. “However, we are continuing to maintain the registrations and tracking of sex offenders, arsonists, and violent offenders.”


Yakima Co. WA: “The office is only fingerprinting registered sex offenders at this time . . .”

Erie Co. OH: Many services are curtailed or limited, but “Sex offenders are required to report for registration purposes as required by law, and will continue to be expected to do so.”

Reno, NV: No clear directive, but “Encourage sex offenders to contact their agency of local jurisdiction or the Sheriff’s Office before coming to the Sheriff’s Office.”


Yuba, AL: “Sex offender registrants are being asked not to come to the sheriff’s office but to instead call the records department at 822-4393 for instructions.”


Huron Co. OH: Sheriff’s lobby doors locked, but “Sex offenders, arsonists and violent offenders who have a duty to register will still be required to report.”

Gladstone, MI: Registrants must call to arrange for verification; “Failure to verify will result in non-compliance.”

Orangeburg Co. SC: “All sex-offender registrations will be conducted by investigators at the offender’s home.”

Joshua, TX: “Sex offender registration for both check-in and newly released offenders will require an appointment. The assigned investigator will evaluate the need for an in-person visit.”


Dubuque Co. IO: In-person verification still required: “The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department has urged residents — aside from sex offenders completing monthly check-ins — to avoid coming to the lobby of the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center.”


Snohomish Co. WA: Homeless registrants in WA are normally required to report weekly: “. . .  suspended weekly check-ins for homeless registered sex offenders until April 6.”

On Facebook for Snohomish Co. “RSO services and check-ins will be delayed until April 6, 2020. Change of addresses can still be conducted by Certified Mail.”

CN: “At State Police Headquarters in Middletown, the public will be allowed – in limited numbers at a time – for the following services: Fingerprinting for screened, long-term care providers, sex offenders who are required to register with the state and deadly weapon offenders who are required to register with the state.”

OR: All in-person verifications suspended; “. . . as of March 23rd, 2020, ALL sex offender reporting for registration will be taken by phone. There will be NO in-person registrations until further notice . . .”

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Sandy Rozek

Sandy is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.

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    • #69987 Reply

      THANK YOU, Sandy.
      We greatly appreciate any updates you provide.

    • #69990 Reply

      Not only do the jurisdictions that continue to demand in-person reporting for their registrants, etc. not give a crap about their health, safety, and welfare, but they also don’t really give a crap about their employees either. Wonder if the employees who carry out that duty even have enough brain matter to process that fact and realize it or are they just a bunch of mindless, brainwashed minions?

    • #70007 Reply
      Tim in WI

      The Speed of social media outpaces the spread of the virus.

      Not long ago a group of people held a symposium suggesting a pandemic of this very sort might happen and that social media could help ” flatten the curve” of the spread. The presumption again is the database infrastructure will display societal benefits impacting viral impact. However maybe I’m wrong and it will have some ways of keeping the numbers effected lower than without it. Given the large numbers of people gathering in the grocery stores the impact of social media is readily apparent.

    • #70009 Reply
      Facts should matter

      Wow. This is very telling of their collective mindset. It would appear as though we’re STILL perceived as a BIGGER “threat” than a factually proven lethal contagion!

      In war, this is called “holding the lines” and not giving an inch. They do not want to see this virus things as an opening for us to exploit and cast doubt on the efficacy of the entire scheme. It all becomes clear as glass that they’re protecting security theater jobs and monitization of fear, than actual children. The “public safety” argument is just window dressing used as an excuse to keep the high recidivism lie propped up!

      If a known world-killer asteroid was heading towards Earth, and ‘we’d have 5 days to come to terms with our mortality, they would STILL require us to register! Humans hate to the bitter end, so maybe this Corona should be looked upon as collective karma. for allowing us to be stigmatized marginalized in the first place by these misguided and inept laws.

    • #70016 Reply

      From the conviction to the grave we will always be known as SO.

      I was in Florida last week and had to check in as I had to register there a few years ago. Florida was making SO register/check in. The agent I met with was none to happy that Florida was exposing all of us to the virus.

      I commend the Mayor of Michigan of taking action today closing down the State.

      Florida college students who went on spring break are now testing positive for the virus.

      Stay inside, stay healthy!

    • #70057 Reply

      I looked some stats on SO registered in Florida. An article from the Orlando Weekly Jan 2, 2019 stated there are over 73,000 SO registered, of that number 43,000 + do not live in Florida.

      What a racket! I do not have the dollar amount Florida takes in but it has to be a lot. I believe the only reason SO are registered for life is the money.

      And forget about getting off the the registry you are on it for life and beyond.

      Stay inside, stay healthy

    • #70070 Reply
      Gloria Woods

      We’re currently having to stay in northern Iowa with my parents after being kicked out of our apartment in Texas in October. We just received a letter in the mail yesterday that registration will only be done over the phone until further notice. We haven’t been out of the house in over a week, but don’t mind the isolation. It’s been a productive time!

      It’s always good to get these emails reassuring us that there is work being done to improve the lives of SO’s, but also comforting to know that we are not alone in this battle.

      Thank you to everyone involved!

    • #70087 Reply

      Please see the Virginia SP SOR website, but they have changed everything but initial registration to email/fax/mail means of communication. They have posted the change forms on the site and can be printed off.

    • #70085 Reply

      Has anyone seen the documentary Banished? If not it follows numerous SO trying to survive in Miami Dade co. FL. The doc. was very well done.

    • #70084 Reply
      linda shedlock

      Az. , What about monthly P O meetings . They said don’t come to the office . How did we find this out ? The P O came to our home . How is this safer . These P O s are in contact with all kinds of people all day ,in and out of the office . How do we know if they haven’t been exposed to someone with the virus . This particular P O was very sick during my february monthly meeting . Same symptoms as this virus has . Did he have this virus then ? Makes no sense and yes they do not care . Again how do they know that I”m not sick ?

    • #70095 Reply
      William Andrew Smith

      As of March 26th, 2020 in New Mexico all Regerstered Sex Offenders across the state must call into the Local office the day before you show up to see if your officer not sick out of office. The rule is you must show up in person or you will have in 24 hours after the day of not Registering be picked up by local police department and taken to jail for failer to regester. Please keep out of jail it where the worst of this coronvires will take affect Las you don’t get supplies for washing or do you get self distancing. It will hit them hard, long and kill many it doesn’t have to be you.

    • #70098 Reply

      Thank you Sandy for your tireless efforts…

      Two Things to Observe here…that Telephonic Updates and U.S. Registered Mail with Return Receipt makes much more sense for all Registrants…Also, a Human’s Fingerprints DO NOT CHANGE, Do They? If they do, would love to know the ‘SCIENCE’ on that!

    • #70124 Reply
      Tim in WI

      I asked the question about repeated finger printing to registration agent while he was on the stand in pretrial (F.T.R.) hearing.

      As you correctly point out finger prints don’t generally change!
      So the authorities proclaimed necessity is BS!
      The demand is vindictive and unnecessarily retributive. The process of finger printing is one associated with arrest with intent. Like the collection of DNA post conviction is intended for potential later use.

    • #70177 Reply

      I called my local county sheriff regarding my 6 Mo. Appt. which is coming up.

      Ohio is currently under the “Stay at Home” order given by Gov. DeWine.

      As of this posting, the people of Montgomery County Ohio are still required to register in-person.

      Quoting the detective…
      ” We have taken the necessary safety precautions. We are still open.”

    • #70232 Reply

      I guess My Last Post wasn’t proper. So I’ll put it like this:
      I agree with the fellow who talked about The Killer Asteroid Scenario. So I guess that’s why they’re doing what they’re not supposed to be doing with regard to some places still requiring us to show up In-Person, to fulfill Our ‘Duties’ to Register, Or Else!
      Maybe, just maybe, this viral pandemic, will wake up all legislators nationwide in the U.S. Congress, to finally decide to Eradicate the Registry Altogether.
      I just read an Article about how Prisons are NOT Dealing with The Coronavirus Situation. In short it’s like this People: Prison Staff AND Inmates alike, are getting Sick and Dying, in greater numbers than anything before!
      See The Writing On The Wall Yet? We do, but They Don’t I’ll Bet!!

    • #70238 Reply

      Geary County KS went to phone and no fee till further noticed

    • #70826 Reply

      Glad to see this list and all updates. Would be interested if anyone could get some clarification regarding TN. Illustrious Guv issued a Stay at Home order, with exceptions for “essential” businesses and such, but no specific mention of SOR that I could find anywhere, so I think it’s somewhat ambiguous, which is not our friend.

    • #70827 Reply

      So, in Shelby Co., TN I went in in mid-March, I guess before most of the stay-home and social distancing stuff really kicked in. In the office where it’s done, there were two secretaries and three officers on duty, and I was the only idiot there (not on the payroll). I’m not normally given to any more conversation with them than is absolutely necessary, but the scene that day was so bizarre I just had to ask, “You guys having to fight for stuff to do?” They assured me that they were very busy and expected to get even busier in the coming days, and I’m like, “yeah, right — there’s three detective-level officers here today all vying to see who was going to get to do my two-minute update, and no one else trying to get in… ” Far as I can tell, there are ‘way too many police dedicated to something that is not really a law-enforcement function to begin with. Not a good use of taxpayer dollars. But I’m preaching to the choir, of course.

    • #70885 Reply

      A Greene County Deputy has contracted the virus.

      If he was in close proximity to the personnel in the SO unit, you can use this information to your advantage as that personnel would have to quarantine or risk spreading to all they come in close proximity.

      This would include the Registered Citizen in Greene County.

      Doing my best to help, everyone.

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    • #70895 Reply

      Awesome…Thanks, Fred.

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