Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry
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.
Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 40-39-201, members of the public are not allowed to use information from the registry to inflict retribution or additional punishment to offenders. Harassment, stalking, or threats against offenders or members of their families are prohibited and doing so may violate both Tennessee criminal and civil laws. Though much of the information in the registry is of record, some of the information contained on the registry is obtained directly from offenders. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. The information contained in an offender’s record does not imply listed individuals will commit a specific type of crime in the future, nor does it imply that if a future crime is committed by a listed individual what the nature of that crime may be. The TBI makes no representation as to any offender’s likelihood of re-offending. If you believe that information concerning a specific offender is incorrect, please contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Sex Offender Registry at 888-837-4170.
For more information or to search the registry go to: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry