Effective January 1, 2003, Zachary's Law requires sheriff departments to jointly establish and maintain the Indiana Sheriffs' Sex Offender Registry to provide detailed information about individuals who register as sex or violent offenders at Indiana sheriff departments (or, in Marion County, the Indianapolis Police Department). The purpose of the registry is to inform the general public about the identity, location, and appearance of sex and violent offenders who live, work, or study in Indiana.
Zachary's Law is named for Zachary Snider of Cloverdale, Indiana. Zachary was 10 years old when he was murdered by a convicted child molester in 1993.
The following sex and violent offenders are required to register with the Sheriff of the county that has jurisdiction where the offender intends to live, work or study for longer than seven days. (In Marion County offenders must register with the Indianapolis Police Department). That registration must occur within seven days of arriving in each jurisdiction where the offender intends to live, work or study.
When an offender registers with the Sheriff's Department (or the Indianapolis Police Department), these authorities notify all other law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction in the area where the offender has registered.