Any person residing, working or attending school or visiting seven days or more in Mississippi, who has been convicted, acquitted by reason of insanity or adjudicated delinquent for any covered sex offense or attempted sex offense.
Must request permission prior to visiting any public park or beach. Registration is two-part process: Register with the MS Dept. Other agencies may be responsible for registering offenders in specific cases. The person is further required to report in person to a MDPS driver? The offender must register with the sheriff and MDPS within 3 business days of first residing in or returning to MS as described above.
Applies to Out of State Offenders: Persons convicted in other states or jurisdictions for an offense that is registrable in MS must register upon relocating into MS. Also, any persons that are required to register in another state or jurisdiction are required to register with MDPS upon relocating into MS, even if the offense is not registrable in MS. Offenders that move out of the state of MS remain on the Registry even after the registrant moves to another jurisdiction and registers in the new jurisdiction as required by law.
The law requires the Registry to note that the registrant moved out of state. Persons convicted of some registrable offenses can petition for relief from the duty to register after 25 years of maintaining their registration in MS. Registration in any other jurisdiction or state does not reduce the twenty-five year minimum requirement. Re-incarceration for any offense will restart the twenty-five year minimum registration period. The following offenses require lifetime registration: An offender, twenty-one 21 years of age or older, who is convicted of any sex offense where the victim was fourteen 14 years of age or younger, shall not be relieved from the duty to register.
A first-time offender fourteen 14 years of age or older adjudicated delinquent in a youth court for the crime of rape or sexual battery is subject to lifetime registration and shall be eligible to petition to be relieved of the duty to register after twenty-five 25 years of registration. An offender who has two 2 separate convictions for any of the offenses that allow relief after the twenty-five 25 year period cannot petition for relief of the duty to register as long as at least one 1 of the convictions was entered on or after July 1, Sheriffs also verify addresses in their counties.
The failure of an offender to provide any registration or other information including, but not limited to, initial registration, reregistration or change of address information is a violation of the law as is forgery of information or submission of information under false pretenses. Also failure to provide required notifications to volunteer groups and employers of status as a registered sex offender is a violation of the law.
The violation is a felony and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment, or both. Information on registered offenders is available on the website: Geographic searches and notifications are also available. The MS statute also states that any other information deemed necessary for the protection of the public may be released. Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution.
The sale or exchange of sex offender information for profit is prohibited. Misuse of this information is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment, or both. Victim information cannot be released.