Sex Offender Registry
Sex Offender Classifications
Where the Sex Offender Registry Board determines that the risk of re-offense by an offender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the Board shall give that offender a Level 1 designation. Information on Level 1 offenders will not be available to the public. Neither the police nor the Board have authority to disseminate information to the general public identifying a Level 1 offender. Information identifying Level 1 offenders may only be given to the Department of Correction, any county correctional facility, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Social Services, the parole Board, the Department of Probation and the Department of Mental Health, all city and town police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for law enforcement purposes.
Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information, it shall give a Level 2 designation to the sex offender.
The public shall have access to the information regarding a Level 2 offender through the Local Police Department and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.
Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a Level 3 designation to the sex offender.
The public shall have access to the information regarding a Level 3 offender through the Local Police Departments and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.
Were you a victim of a sex offense?
If you were the victim of a sex offense, or you are the parent/guardian of a child victim or the guardian of an adult victim of a sex offense that resulted in a conviction, we would like to hear from you.
The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) is the public safety agency responsible for classifying convicted sex offenders according to dangerousness and risk to re-offend. As part of the classification process, a victim of a convicted sex offender is entitled to submit a written victim impact statement to the SORB.
Personal information pertaining to a victim will be kept confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our dedicated victim services staff at (978) 740-6440 or (800) 93MEGAN// (800-936-3426).
How to register as a classified offender?
A classified offender can register at The Boston Police Department. The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board requires law enforcement agencies to photograph and fingerprint classified offenders. Photographs and fingerprints are taken Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Boston Police Department Headquarters, please call 617-343-4200 for more information.