A new online database will now list Level 2 sex offenders in Massachusetts, according to the Lowell Sun. Under a new legislative measure, the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry will now include information on those who were not previously listed, as only Level 3, or those at the highest risk of recidivism, were previously listed by the state.
“We’re allowing citizens to empower themselves, and that’s really what this is about,” said state Representative Jim Arciero. “It’s really gratifying to know that this is something that’s going to help the public. This is going to help families assess their own situations.”
Currently, only Level 2 offenders could be seen through an in-person information request with local police departments. This new online database, which was added to the final 2014 budget by local legislators, will change that. State victim advocate Laurie Myer said she believes this is a “big step forward” and has been supporting the efforts to get sex offenders listed online since 2004.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has the National Sex Offender Public Website, which is coordinated by the Department of Justice. This is a national version of the sex registry and includes information for all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and other locations where known, registered sex offenders live. These online databases are easily searchable and can help families in their search for a new school, residence or location they feel comfortable with.