You have the right to know if dangerous people live or work near you. The state of Wisconsin makes the process of finding convicted sex offenders near you simple and easy.

You have the right to know if a potentially dangerous person is near you in Wisconsin. The word "potentially" is important here as the official Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry contains names of convicted people who very well may not commit future crimes. A name on the list simply means that person has been convicted of a sex crime in the past.

One other important thing to note. No one is allowed to use this tool to find and harass someone on this Wisconsin registry. That would cause big legal problems for anyone that would do it.

Here's how the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry works. You can do a name or a geographical search. As an example, I ran a trace of sex offenders that live within a 3 mile radius of the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. The green marks on the map show convicted sex offenders and it's terrifying.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry
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The hope is that these convicted individuals have seen the error of their ways and turned their lives around. However, some experts believe that someone who has committed a sex crime may be more likely to do so in the future, too. That's why you deserve to know the whereabouts of these Wisconsin individuals so you can make the decision on who you trust and who you don't.

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