In a written response to auditors, the registry cited laws and regulations that hampered their ability to track down the unclassified individuals, including a requirement that offenders be given notice before the classification process can begin. Updates Sex Offender Community Notification as of August 29, Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry The Sex Offender Registry Board is the state agency responsible for keeping a database of convicted sex offenders and classifying each offender so that the public may receive information about dangerous sex offenders who live or work in each community. We represent individuals in proceedings before the SORB to ensure that the Board follows the law in making the initial classification of an offender between the three tiers of dangerousness — a hearing that can have lifetime consequences. Email The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry has lost track of more than 1, convicted sex offenders, according to a state audit released on Wednesday. Perhaps most importantly, personal information about level one offenders is not disseminated to the public. See Roper v. Note that not all criminal offenses require registration with the state police, only those covered by the statutes. We also recognize that the law and SORB regulations often treat juveniles differently than adults. In narrow circumstances, however, offenders may request that the court — at the time of sentencing for their sex offense — relieve them of their registration obligation. The SORB has the power to publicly disseminate information about sex offenders within the Commonwealth. As of February, the registry did not have current addresses for 1, people who were convicted of sex crimes between October and January , and have either been released from prison or are on parole, according to the audit. Of that total, the registry has yet to classify the threat level of individuals, including more than that had committed sex crimes against children. Bump said it was impossible to determine with confidence how many of the individuals had died or left the state. The Website provides an advanced search tool that allows a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders; a listing of public registry websites by state, territory, and tribe; and information on sexual abuse education and prevention. In a line of recent cases, the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized the critical differences between juveniles and adults, and that juveniles therefore cannot be treated the same as adults who commit the same offenses.