Sex Offender Registry to Include Addresses

Soon Wisconsin residents will be able to find out if any of their neighbors are sex offenders. The WI Department of Corrections sex offender registry, which started in 1997, will be adding addresses to its database starting on Thursday. The database contains about 17,800 sex offenders.

According to The Capital Times, the Web site currently lets people search by ZIP code, with no indication of where the offenders live within that area. When the Department of Corrections makes the change, people still will need to punch in their ZIP codes to bring up all the sex offenders in their area. Then they can scroll through the offenders to see where they live.