Fact: no city, state, or nation is free of sex offenders.

Whether we're willing to admit it or deal with it is irrelevant. Sex offenders are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. Despite their heinous crimes against children, once they're released from prison they become part of our community.
When it comes to regulating and monitoring registered sex offenders, Idaho, California, Washington, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon each have their own unique way of handling things.
Where some states are stricter, others are more lenient. Where some allow sex offenders to live next door to a school or playground, other require them to maintain a certain amount of distance.
How familiar are you with Idaho and California's sex offender laws that pertain to children? Do you know how close or how far they're allowed to be from schools and parks, or even your own home?
The gallery below highlights the sex offender laws in Idaho, California, Washington, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon.

Shocking Sex Offender Laws in Idaho, California and 6 Other States

⚠️ Scroll for a recap on the most important sex offender laws in Idaho, California, Washington, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

In your opinion, which of the eight states in the gallery below does the best/most efficient job at overseeing its registered sex offender residents? Email ryan.valenzuela@townsquaremedia.com.

Do you know how many sex offenders live in your Boise-area neighborhood?

Tap each picture in the gallery below for the most current information on the registered sex offenders in 26 Idaho cities.

Registered Sex Offenders in 26 Idaho Cities

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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Lynette Dawn Culver was a daughter, a little sister, and seventh-grader with her entire life ahead of her in the spring of 1975. Her bright future was cut short at the hand of one of America's most notorious serial murderers.

If you have a credible tip to share on the whereabouts of the remains of Lynette Dawn Culver, contact the Bannock County Sheriff's Office.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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