Levels of sex offenders

There are 3 levels of sex offenders in Massachusetts. Offenders are classified based on their risk of re-offending and the degree of danger they pose to the public.

A sex offender is any person who lives, works, or attends school in Massachusetts who has:

  • been convicted of a sex offense
  • been adjudicated as a youthful offender or as a delinquent juvenile for a sex offense
  • been released from incarceration, parole, probation supervision, or custody with the Department of Youth Services for a sex offense conviction or adjudication
  • been adjudicated as a sexually dangerous person, or a person released from civil commitment anytime from August 1, 1981

Level 1 sex offenders

Level 1 sex offenders:

  • have a low risk of re-offending

  • pose a low degree of danger to the public

The public cannot access information about Level 1 offenders. Their information is only provided to:

  • All municipal and state police departments

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Department of Correction and all county correctional facilities

  • Department of Youth Services

  • Department of Children & Families

  • Massachusetts Parole Board

  • Department of Probation

  • Department of Mental Health

Level 2 sex offenders

Level 2 sex offenders:

  • have a moderate risk of re-offending

  • pose a moderate degree of danger to the public

The public can access information about Level 2 offenders who were classified after July 12, 2013. This information is available through local police departments and through the online registry.

Level 3 sex offenders

Level 3 sex offenders:

  • have a high risk of re-offending

  • pose a high degree of danger to the public

Information about Level 3 offenders is publicly available. You can get this information through local police departments and through the online registry.

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