This law applies to all persons who, on or after December 25, 1993 were sentenced, in an institutional setting, discharged, or on field supervision for sex crimes.The Department of Corrections has allowed local law enforcement the discretion to determine, on an individual basis, the need for community notification.

In Wisconsin, convicted sex offenders are registered with the Department of Corrections upon their release from prison.

Once released into the community, they must report to the local police department to participate in a face to face registration process.

(AP) Wisconsin’s online resources to find details about sex offenders are generating millions of page views.

USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that sections of the state Department of Corrections’ website that provide details on sex offenders generated 19 million page views last year.

This information is updated regularly to ensure that the registry is as accurate and current as possible.

However, you are cautioned that the information provided on this site can change quickly, and may not reflect the current residence, status, or other information regarding the registrant.

We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power or ability to victimize through secrecy.

Our belief is that an informed community is a safer community.

Grace Knutson is the department’s director of sex offender programs.