- Megan's Law
- Synopsis of Delaware's Sex Offender Law
- Community Notification
DefinitionCommunity Notification is defined as “notice which is provided by any method devised specifically to notify members of the public who are likely to encounter a sex offender."
Methods of Notification
Who Is Notified
- Licensed Day Care Facilities
- Other Accessible Public Facilities Within the Community
- Public Libraries
Additional Community Notification InformationThe law states that when a sex offender assigned to Risk Assessment Tier II or III provides registration information, the law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction where the offender intends to reside shall provide public notification as follows:
- For sex offenders assigned to Risk Assessment Tier II, notification shall consist of searchable records available to the public, and may also consist of community notification.
- For sex offenders assigned to Risk Assessment Tier III, notification shall consist of searchable records available to the public as well as community notification.
- For sex offenders assigned to Tier II or III, notice shall be given to any school the offender plans to attend and/or to the chief law enforcement officer of the local jurisdiction where the offender plans to be employed.
Upon receipt of notice that a sex offender resides, works, or attends school within the city limits of Newark, verification will be made as to whether the offender is actually living at the provided address.
Tier II & Tier IIIIn cases of a Tier II sex offender, a letter is sent to all Newark schools, places of worship, licensed day care centers, and libraries advising them that the person has established residency, works, or attends school in Newark. Pedigree information, including the person’s name, address, physical description, and conviction information is also included with the letter.
In cases of a Tier III sex offender, in addition to the provisions for a Tier II sex offender, door-to-door community notification is made in the neighborhood in which the offender resides, works, or attends school..
Further School Requirements
The law further requires that “if a school, school district or licensed child care provider receives community notification, the community notification must be placed in a binder and kept in the administrative office available to view upon request by adults and juveniles with adult supervision. No community notification may be removed from the binder unless the school or child care provider is notified of an address change informing them that the offender has moved from the community.
The school, school district, or licensed child care provider shall notify parents and staff frequently through their regular communications of the availability and location of the community notification binder. The physical posting of community notifications in public school buildings and licensed child care facilities is prohibited.”