Massachusetts Legislature Passes Sex Offender Reforms For Level 2 Offenders

Multiple news outlets are reporting the news that both the Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed to language substantially changing sex offender laws in Massachusetts. The changes will impact all registered offenders. The reports provide: Sen. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, recently announced that the Massachusetts legislature has enacted… Continue reading »


Supreme Judicial Court Rejects Two Day Registration Rule For Sex Offenders

The Boston Globe reports today that the Supreme Judicial Court rejected the Sex Offender Registry Board and the Commonwealth’s interpretation that incarcerated sex offenders had to register with their local police departments within two days of their release as having no basis in state law. The state’s highest court today threw out the conviction of… Continue reading »


Plymouth Rejects Sex Offender Registry Restriction Bylaw

A Town Meeting subcommittee in Plymouth, Massachusetts has thoughtfully rejected a proposal that would have imposed ineffectual but damaging living restrictions on Massachusetts sex offenders living, working, and going to school in the town. As Wicked Local reports: Unsubstantiated myths, outright misconceptions and “fraught with constitutional complications.” That sums up the conclusions of a committee… Continue reading »


Audit Finds Streamlined Sex Offender Registry Board Classification Process

A new report from the State Auditor’s office finds that the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board has dramatically improved the sex offender classification process in Massachusetts over the past five years but is still failing to consistently collect registration fees. The audit noted that the Sex Offender Registry Board had reduced 71% of the backlog… Continue reading »


Massachusetts Considering Adding Level 2 Sex Offenders To Internet Registry

The Lowell Sun is reporting about a proposed Massachusetts law that would greatly expand the community notification requirements for Level 2 sex offenders in Massachusetts. In August 2009, a Level-2 sex offender was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at Westford’s town beach. The man, who moved from Florida to Westford, was listed on… Continue reading »