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Typically a registered sexual offenders list is maintained by a state agency. There are also national registered sexual offenders lists. Usually a state's Department of Corrections and Human Services is responsible for informing local law enforcement about the release of a sex offender.
The law agency or county prosecutor will determine the degree of risk from that sex offender. Once this is done, a proposed scope of notification is created. The public may then be notified. If not, the public can still access a registered sexual offender list online.