Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry began in 1995 as a result of the enactment of federal laws that required states to create and maintain individual sex offender registries. Currently, Tennessee registers offenders who plead to certain enumerated offenses or equivalent offenses from other jurisdictions, no matter the date of conviction, plea, or expiration of sentence. Offenders who do not meet Tennessee’s criteria, but are required to register in other states, are also required to register under certain circumstances. All registered offenders are found on TBI’s internet site, and the entries contain information released pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, §40-39-206. Sex offenders are registered by local law enforcement or the Board of Probation/Parole; however, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is responsible for the Registry website and for maintaining the original registration documents.
The Methamphetamine Registry was created by Public Chapter 18 of the 2005 General Assembly, the Meth-Free Tennessee Act of 2005, and was amended by Public Chapter 911 of the 2012 General Assembly. As amended in 2005, the law read:
Tennessee Code Annotated, § 39-17-436.
Registry of persons convicted of methamphetamine offenses. (a) There is created within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation a registry of persons convicted of a violation of any of the following offenses: (1) Section 39-17-417 or § 39-17-418 involving any substance listed in § 39-17-408(d)(2); (2)Section 39-17-431; (3) Section 39-17-433; (4) Section 39-17-435; or (5) Conspiracy to commit, attempt to commit, or solicitation to commit any of the offenses listed in subdivisions (a)(1)-(4). Any person convicted of an offense or offenses for which placement on the methamphetamine registry is required shall be prohibited from purchasing a non-exempt product containing any immediate methamphetamine precursor for the entire period such person is required to be on the registry (seven years).
In 2014, the Meth Registry was once again changed by the General Assembly through Public Chapter 732. Starting July 1, 2014, the former "Methamphetamine Registry" will be known as the "Drug Offender Registry" and those convicted of qualifying offenses will be required to remain on the registry for ten (10) years, rather than the seven (7) year period as set out under former law.
The offenses which must be registered beginning July 1, 2014 are:
The Tennessee Department of Health is required by state law and federal regulations to maintain a registry of persons who have abused, neglected, or misappropriated personal property of a vulnerable person who is under eighteen (18) years of age, or who, by reason of advanced age or other physical or mental condition is vulnerable to abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property and who was, at the time of such determination, in the care of:
(A) A state agency;
(B) An entity which is licensed or regulated by a state agency; or,
(C) An entity under the provisions of a contract between that entity and a state agency.
Allegations of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of personal property against individuals are investigated thoroughly. Due process is afforded to all accused persons before placement is made.