Following is a list of the commonly used terms and abbreviations used on the Sex Offender website.

Address Definition

   If an employment or school address appears for the offender's address, the offender resides outside North Dakota. North Dakota does not track out of state residences, and does not map school or employer addresses.


Concurrent sentences (CONC)

   Sentences for more than one crime, which are to be served at one time. When a criminal defendant is convicted of two or more crimes, a judge sentences him/her to a certain period of time for each crime. Then out of compassion, leniency, plea bargaining, or the fact that the several crimes are interrelated, the judge will rule that the sentences may all be served at the same time, with the longest period controlling.


Consecutive sentence (CONS)

   A sentence that runs before or after another.


Count (CNT)

   Each separate charge in a criminal action, which standing alone, would allege a violation of law.


Deferred (DEF)

   Delayed, put off, postponed


Deferred Imposition (DEF)

   The postponement of the pronouncement of sentence until after the defendant has served a period of probation. If the defendant successfully completes probation, he/she is never sentenced.



   Offenders are required to register with the chief of police of the city, or the sheriff of the county if the person resides in an area other than a city, within 3 days of arriving in that city or county. Periodically, after initial registration, offenders are also required to submit verification of their current information. Offenders are delinquent if they have changed their name, residence, employment, school, motor vehicles, E-mail, or social networking information and have not submitted proper registration to local law enforcement, or they have failed to submit verification of their current status. Delinquent offenders cannot be mapped, as their address is unknown.


Dismiss (DISM)

   The ruling by a judge that all or a portion (one or more of the counts) of the state's case is terminated (thrown out) at that point without further evidence or testimony. This order may be made before, during, or at the end of a trial, when the judge becomes convinced that the state has not and cannot prove its case. This can be based on the complaint failing to allege a crime, on a motion to dismiss or for judgment of acquittal or on some development in the evidence by either side that shows that the state's proof has failed to meet an element of the crime. The judge may dismiss on the court's own motion or upon motion by the defendant. The state may voluntarily dismiss a complaint before or during trial if the case is settled, if it is not provable or trial strategy dictates getting rid of a weak count. A defendant may be "dismissed" from a case involving several defendants.


Disposition (DISP)

   The sentencing or other final settlement of a criminal case.


Imposition (IMP)

   The act of declaring a sentence.


Non-geocoded Address

   These offenders have a known address and are compliant with registration requirements. Additional measures are underway to obtain the geocode for their address. A geocode is a geographical code to identify a point or area on the surface of the earth.


Offenders Against Children

   Offenders Against Children are offenders who have not committed a sexual offense, but have committed felony crimes such as homicides, aggravated assaults, terrorizing, stalking, prostitution or kidnapping crimes.


Offender Risk Level Description

  • High – Statistically the most likely to commit another sexual offense, high risk offenders have typically committed more than one offense, have refused to engage in sex offender treatment, or have engaged in behaviors that contribute to an elevated level of risk.
  • Moderate – Moderate risk offenders score higher on actuarial tools than those in the low risk category, but may not constitute a significant threat to all members of the public. Community notification is "targeted" towards those who fall in a similar victim class as a previous victim of the offender.
  • Low – Statistically the least likely to commit another sexual offense, low risk offenders have typically only committed one offense, have completed sexual offender treatment, or have been in the community for a number of years without reoffending.
  • Not Applicable – Offenders against children, who have not committed a sexually-related offense, do not get assigned a risk level. There are no actuarial tools that predict recidivism for these offenders.
  • Undetermined – To make use of the most accurate and current information, risk levels are not assigned until a few months prior to an offender's release from prison. For offenders that come to North Dakota from another state or the federal prison system, it may take several weeks to gather the necessary records, assign the risk level, and provide the offender a due process hearing. Offenders whose risk level has not yet been assigned are classified as "undetermined".

Offender Status Description

  • Registered – An offender who has registered with local law enforcement and is living at the offender’s registration address or working or attending school in North Dakota.
  • Incarcerated – An offender who is incarcerated for any offense.
  • Delinquent – An offender who registered with law enforcement, but is no longer compliant.  The offender may have moved, given false information, or refused to provide information.
  • Out of State – An offender who was convicted or registered in North Dakota, but is now living out of state.
  • Tribal -  An offender who is living/working/going to school on tribal land and registered with a tribal agency in North Dakota.

Sexually Dangerous Individual

   A sexually dangerous individual is someone who has been committed for custody and treatment by a court after making findings that the person 1) engaged in sexually predatory conduct, and 2) has a disorder or dysfunction making them likely to engage in further acts of sexually predatory conduct.


Probation (PROB)

   A chance to remain free (or serve only a portion of a sentence) given by a judge to a person convicted of a crime instead of jail or prison, provided the person obeys certain conditions. Probation is only given under specific court-ordered terms, such as performing public service work, abstaining from liquor and drugs, paying a fine, maintaining good behavior, getting mental therapy, and reporting regularly to a probation officer. Violation of probation terms will usually result in the person being sent to jail for the normal term. Probation is not the same as "parole" which is early release under certain restrictions given to convicts at the end of their imprisonment by the state parole board.


Suspended sentence (SUSP)

   In criminal law, a penalty applied by a judge to a defendant convicted of a crime which the judge provides will not be enforced (is suspended) if the defendant performs certain services, makes restitution to persons harmed, stays out of trouble, or meets other conditions. Should the defendant fail to follow these requirements, then the suspended sentence may be enforced.


County (CTY)



Days (DYS)



Hours (HRS)



Missouri River Correctional Center (MRCC)



Months (MOS)



North Dakota State Penitentiary (NDSP)



Supervised (SUPV)



Unsupervised (UNSUPV)



Years (YRS)