The California Office of the Attorney General has joined the increasing collection of states that are posting, on the internet, names of registered sex offenders. This free database allows searching by name, zip code, address, parks and schools, within a specific county or throughout the state. An undesignated number of the 63,000 registrants also have photographs.
Other states have free searching of their registered sex offenders. The FBI site lists links to the various states’ sites. A more current, complete set of links is at the publicrecordfinder site. The Vermont sex offender registry has some scary language to compel you to register your name and address, before you can get their secret list. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, has a searchable database that includes photos. Go directly to the Idaho Bureau of Investigation to search sex offenders.