§15-12-1a. Intent and findings.
(a) It is the intent of this article to assist law-enforcement
agencies' efforts to protect the public from sex offenders by
requiring sex offenders to register with the state police
detachment in the county where he or she shall reside and by making
certain information about sex offenders available to the public as
provided in this article. It is not the intent of the Legislature
that the information be used to inflict retribution or additional
punishment on any person convicted of any offense requiring
registration under this article. This article is intended to be
regulatory in nature and not penal.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that there is a
compelling and necessary public interest that the public have
information concerning persons convicted of sexual offenses in
order to allow members of the public to adequately protect
themselves and their children from these persons.
(c) The Legislature also finds and declares that persons
required to register as sex offenders pursuant to this article have
a reduced expectation of privacy because of the state's interest in