Sex offender registration requirement
If someone is convicted of a sex crime, they must register as a sex offender. For most offenses sex offender registration lasts forever. The Illinois State Police and other police departments control websites of all registered sex offenders. There is also a National Sex Offender Public Website. These websites are called the public registry, and include:
- Other information
The public registry websites never go away. Employers, neighbors, new friends, and family members can find the offender on the registration databases. This can seriously harm all parts of a sex offender’s life for the rest of their life.
A successful appeal or writ could result in removal from a sex offender registry.
Civil commitment for sexual predators
In addition to jail, a convicted sexual predator can be made to go to a mental institution, too. This is called a civil commitment.
Civil commitments are usually not for a set amount of time. Offenders are not released until a mental health examiner says they are no longer a danger to others.
Offenders with mental or personality disorders can be sentenced to civil commitment. The court decides if a person has a mental or personality disorder that makes a person eligible for civil commitment.
You cannot appeal your civil commitment on the basis of double jeopardy, or being punished twice.