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Legislature Passes Important Reforms to Sex Offender Registry Laws

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    Legislature Passes Important Reforms to Sex Offender Registry Laws


    July 2, 2013
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2013CONTACT: Jessica Leitz, 617-722-1206
    BOSTON, MA—Senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose), Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, today announced that the Massachusetts legislature has enacted important measures to protect children and our communities from sex offenders. The reforms, sponsored by Senator Clark, were included in the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2014 budget, passed today by both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
    “Today the legislature took action to protect our children, and I am proud that these important public safety measures will, with the Governor’s signature, become law,” said Senator Clark. “These critical reforms will strengthen our laws, allow for the reclassification of sex offenders, and provide more information to parents, caregivers and the agencies we depend on to keep our kids and communities safe.”
    This set of reforms will allow the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) to reclassify offenders if new information becomes available and will establish tools for better communication with law enforcement so that such information is accessible and necessary adjustments on an offender’s level of dangerousness can be made.
    “I am particularly pleased that SORB will have the opportunity to reclassify offenders in light of new information,” added Representative Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose). “These reforms will go a long way towards making the system as effective as possible.”
    The most dangerous sex offenders will be required to register within two days of being released from custody. The law currently requires Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders to annually register in person, but does not specify when they must first appear after being released from custody.
    Also included are new information sharing procedures for the determination or reevaluation of a sex offender’s designation within the Sex Offender Registry Board and with other state agencies, as well as a commission to develop risk assessment protocols for sexual offenders.
    “This legislation does several very important things to clarify and strengthen the sex offender registry laws resulting in better information being available to the public and the enhancement of child protection and public safety,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. “I am thankful to Senator Clark and the legislature for moving this important bill forward. As District Attorney, I am committed to doing all that I can to protect children, engage in prevention efforts, and punish those who abuse or exploit children. This bill will give us additional tools in that effort.”
    The final budget, which includes these public safety provisions, now goes to Governor Deval Patrick for his consideration.

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    Please get in touch with Rep Clark and let her know that you support her and her efforts, feel free to give recommendations etc


    Contact

    State House Office
    State House Room 313A
    Boston, MA 02133
    Phone: 617-722-1206
    E-mail: Katherine.Clark@masenate.gov
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