UTAH: Sex offender registry gets 60,000 hits on first day.
December 9, 2000
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- On its first day on the Web, the updated
Department of Corrections' sex offender registry received almost
"The same thing happened in 1996 when some of the information
became public," said Machelle Rodriguez, who oversees the sex
offender registration program. "We were inundated with requests for
the first couple months."
The database hit the Web on Thursday with updated photos,
addresses, vehicles and convictions of the state's 4,700 convicted
Rodriguez noted that users searching the Bluffdale area will find a
large number of sex offenders because it includes about 1,400
inmates at the state prison at Point of the Mountain.
The Web site was established in accordance with a Utah law that
requires the Department of Corrections to make information on sex
offenders available to the public. Until Thursday, the offenders'
photos and vehicles were not listed on the Web site.
Corrections is also working on adding each sex offender's method
to the registry.
Source: The Daily Herald Online