Can offenders from other states or countries move to New York? Can New York State offenders move to other states or countries? However, they must notify DCJS of their new address no later than 10 days after the move. Additionally, offenders must notify the local police department where they have moved that they are now living in that area and comply with whatever sex offender requirements exist in the new jurisdiction. Does the law restrict where a registered sex offender may live?
The Sex Offender Registration Act does not restrict where a registered sex offender may live. However, if the offender is under parole or probation supervision, other New York State laws may limit the offender from living within 1, feet of a school or other facility caring for children. For more in depth information, click here. An offender on the Registry is not living at the address listed.
Who should I contact? A sex offender must provide in writing DCJS his or her new address no later than 10 days after moving. If you have information that an offender is not living at the reported address, you should contact your local law enforcement agency.
Do juvenile sex offenders have to register? An individual who is adjudicated as a youthful offender or juvenile delinquent is not convicted of a crime, and his or her records are not available to the public. As a result, he or she is not required to be registered in New York State. However, a juvenile offender convicted of a sex crime is required to register. How is information about an offender released?
Information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders can be obtained by checking the DCJS website, which includes a search for Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders.
Effective March 15, , you can now register to receive alerts — via e-mail, text message, fax or telephone — whenever a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender listed on the public subdirectory moves to, or from, a community of interest to you or your family. You may also call the Sex Offender Registry at or to get information about all levels of sex offenders.
When calling the toll-free number, you will have to provide the offender's name, and one of four identifiers either an exact address, date of birth, social security number or driver's license number. Additionally, law enforcement may tell the community about sex offenders living in the area.
If you learn information about an offender, you may tell others. However, the information may not be used to harass or commit a crime against any person. If I learn that an offender is living in my neighborhood, what do I do to protect my children? You should not scare them with details. Children may not be able to process the graphic nature of some offenses.
If you believe that a crime is being committed by a sex offender, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately as you would do in any case of suspected criminal activity.
Do I have to hire a sex offender? Employers must abide by New York State, local, and federal laws when making hiring decisions with regard to individuals with criminal convictions, including individuals convicted of sex crimes. If an individual has been found guilty of certain crimes, he or she will not be hired for certain jobs see, Correction Law section