After reading last week’s article addressing child abuse and neglect I am interested in learning how I can discover if a sex offender is living in my area or near my child’s school?
Since 1996 the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) requires convicted sex offenders to register their addresses and other identifying information with the State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). SORA provides a way for people to learn if any sex offender has moved into their neighborhood.
Persons convicted of sex offenses register their addresses each year and report any changes of address within ten days. Risk level classifications are assigned based upon the sex offender’s likelihood to re-offend and the risk that they pose to the community. In addition to reporting annually, offenders may need to appear in person every 90 days to verify their addresses.
The offender’s name is posted on the “New York Registry of Sex Offenders” at DCJS’s website at www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us. You can also search the sex offender directory by zip code. To learn whether any sex offenders are living in your neighborhood you can also call the New York State Sex Offender Registry at (800) 262-3257. Alternatively, you can visit your local precinct and ask for this information.
My office has prepared an informative booklet entitled “What
Every Parent Needs to Know” which explains SORA.
You can view this booklet at
obtain a copy by calling (718) 250-2555.
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any person that causes them discomfort or alarm.
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