Massachusetts sEX offenders Search
State Sex Offender Search: Massachusetts
Researchers may access Massachusetts’ State Sex Offender directly by visiting mass.gov/sorb/ and search the site for free information and records pertaining to sex offenders in the state of Massachusetts. Researchers search such sites for a variety of reasons, but each state is required by federal law to provide access to its sex offender registry.
When you visit the home page of Massachusetts State Sex Offender Registry, you will find a page packed with information. The middle section is the main portion of the page. Here you will find a general welcome as well as a statement regarding the website’s mission: “The goal of the Sex Offender Registry is to educate the public and to prevent further victimization.” Beneath this paragraph is another that discusses Restriction of Liability—such paragraphs or clauses are typical on state sex offender registries. In essence, the site serves informational purposes only. The site can also not be held responsible for inaccuracies or omissions.
The left side of the screen features a menu offering various services and information. Under the Programs and Services heading, researchers can click on: victim information, information for sex offenders, obtaining information about sex offenders, download forms, Massachusetts General Laws, SORB regulations.
Under heading, the website provides a Homeland Security heading. Researchers can view the nation’s level of security and associated color right from this home page. Under this heading, another one features Key Resources that include the SORB main office (978-740-6400), fax number (978-740-6464), the SORB mailing address (SORB, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, P.O. Box 4547, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.
To search for registered Massachusetts sex offenders, you must look at the menu on the right side of the screen. This compact menu offers the following choices: National Sex Offender Registry, Number of Level 2 and 3 Offenders Living in Your Community, Search for Detailed Information on Level 3 Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Registry Laws. Because this tutorial is specific to Massachusetts, we will skip the link to the National Registry. State and federal registries frequently differ as to how they define and categorize sex offenders and sex offenses.
Instead, click on the second option which is the search for level 2 and 3 in your community. This option directs you to a page which features a drop down menu of Massachusetts cities and towns. Click on any city as a sample search. What you will find are statistics for that city that address the number of sex offenders in that town and the number of each level of offenders there. You will not be provided with specific offender records and information from this particular query.
If you choose to accept the terms, you will then be directed to a search page in which you may input any of the following: name, city, county or postal code. If you perform a city search, you will now be able to access specific information about Level 3 sex offenders who reside in that community. You will be directed to a page that lists the names of each offender. To obtain their specific information, click on the “details” button beside the name(s) in question.
Upon clicking on details, you will be provided with the following specific information: photo, home address, work address, age, race, sex, height, weight, hair color, eye color, number of offenses and what the offences were. Each record is detailed and concise—easy to follow.
Searching the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry is straightforward if you follow the links. The site also contains a vast array of information on this topic which may be helpful for some researchers.
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