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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1667         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 815

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An act enhancing assessment information of the sexual offender registration board.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Donald Humason

 

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1667        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 815

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 815) of Bruce E. Tarr, Matthew A. Beaton, Katherine M. Clark, Angelo L. D'Emilia and other members of the General Court for legislation to enhance assessment information of the sexual offender registration board.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An act enhancing assessment information of the sexual offender registration board.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Subsection (a) of section 178E of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:-

              The board shall notify the sex offender and the local police department in the city or town in which such sex offender lives or intends to live, or if such sex offender does not reside in the commonwealth, in the city or town in which such sex offender has a secondary address, works or attends an institution of higher learning, that the offender must report in person to that police department, within 2 days of release from custody, to register.

              SECTION 2. Section 178F ½ of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:-

              An incarcerated sex offender finally classified by the board as a level 2 or a level 3 sex offender who is required to register pursuant to sections 178C to 178P, inclusive, shall appear in person within 2 days of release from custody at the local police department in the city or town in which such sex offender lives, or if such sex offender does not reside in the commonwealth, in the city or town in which such sex offender has a secondary address, works or attends an institution of higher learning, to register. A sex offender finally classified by the board as a level 2 or a level 3 sex offender who is required to register pursuant to sections 178C to 178P, inclusive, shall appear in person annually at the local police department in the city or town in which such sex offender lives, or if such sex offender does not reside in the commonwealth, in the city or town in which such sex offender has a secondary address, works or attends an institution of higher learning, to verify that the registration data on file remains true and accurate.

              SECTION 3. Section 178J of said chapter 6 is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (c), as so appearing, the following subsection:-

              (d) If the search of the sex offender registry conducted pursuant to clause (1), (2) or (3) of subsection (b) results in the identification of a sex offender required to register pursuant to this chapter who has been finally classified by the board as a level 1 offender under section 178K, the police shall disseminate to the person making the inquiry:

              (1)              the name of the sex offender;

              (2)              the sex offender’s classification level; and

              (3)              the offense for which he was convicted or adjudicated and the dates of such conviction or adjudication.

              SECTION 4.  The first sentence of subsection (2) of section 178K of said chapter 6, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “register” the following words:-

              , provided that conviction of a crime constituting a sex offense involving a child as that term is defined in section 178C shall create a rebuttable presumption of classification no lower than level 2

              SECTION 5.  Section 178K of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “predator”, in line 194, the following:-

              and shall occur not less than every 90 calendar days; and provided further, however, that a sex offender designated  as a sexually violent predator shall appear in person not less than every 90 calendar days at the local police department in the city or town in which such sex offender lives, or if such sex offender does not reside in the commonwealth, in the city or town in which such sex offender has a secondary address, works or attends an institution of higher learning,  to verify that the registration data on file remains true and accurate.

              SECTION 6.  Section 178L of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (3)              (a) The board may, upon its own motion or pursuant to a written request from a district attorney, police department, victim of a sex offense, or agent,  employee or representative of the office of health and human services, consider the reclassification of a registered and finally classified sex offender.  Upon review of any information useful in assessing the risk of reoffense and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by the sex offender, the board may vote to reconsider the classification of the finally classified sex offender.  The board shall maintain a certified record of requests to reconsider made by a district attorney or police department; provided, however, that a district attorney or police department may file a motion with the board to make an expedited recommended reclassification upon a showing that such sex offender poses a grave risk of imminent reoffense.  If the petition is granted, the board shall make such recommendation within 10 days.  If the petition is not granted, the board shall make such recommendation to reconsider in an otherwise timely manner.   

              (b) A reconsideration of classification shall not occur without the approval of not less than 4 members of the board.  The board shall promptly notify the sex offender of an affirmative vote to reconsider the present classification level of the sex offender.  

              (c) Upon review of any information useful in assessing the risk of reoffense and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by the sex offender, including materials described in the board guidelines or any information provided by a district attorney, police department, victim of a sex offense, or agent or  employee of the office of health and human services and any materials submitted by the sex offender, the board shall reclassify the sex offender as provided for by the classification process of this section; provided, however, that the reclassification of a sex offender on a petition granted by the board from an expedited recommended reclassification request from a district attorney or police department shall be made by the board within ten days of the expiration of the time to submit documentary evidence.

              SECTION 7.  Section 178M of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amending by inserting after the word “classification”, in line 2, the following word:- “reclassification”.

              SECTION 8. Section 178P of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (2)  Whenever a police officer, district attorney, or agent, employee or representative of the office of health and human services has information that may be relevant to the assessment of a sex offender’s risk to reoffend or degree of dangerousness, the police department, district attorney, or health and human services agent, employee or representative shall forward to the board said information; provided, however, that a police department or district attorney need not forward information to the board that it believes will compromise an ongoing investigation.

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