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.
This registry was created by Public Chapter 18 of the 2005 General Assembly, the Meth-Free Tennessee Act of 2005. Tennessee Code Annotated Sec. 39-17-436 now requires the registry of any person convicted after March 30, 2005 of a meth-related violation of TCA 39-17-417 (manufacture of methamphetamine) or 39-17-435 (initiation of methamphetamine manufacture). At this time, the TBI will only register persons convicted of a substantive violation of either statute; persons convicted on conspiracy, attempt, and facilitation charges related to the above statutes will not be registered.
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.