The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, went into effect October 28, 2002.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board
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. The goal of the Sex Offender Registry is to educate the public and to prevent further assaults.
Any member of the public who is at least 18 years of age may request sex offender information. Information will be provided to any person who is seeking the information for his or her own information, or for the protection of a child who is under 18, or for the protection of another person for which the requesting person has the responsibility, care or custody.
Sex offender information may be requested in person at:
Hampshire: Amherst Police Department, 111 Main Street OR Hadley Police Department, 15 East Street
Mount Holyoke: South Hadley Police Department, 41 Bridge Street
Smith: Northampton Police Department, 29 Center Street
or by mail from the Sex Offender Registry Board. Sex offender information request forms are available online at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/crime-prev-personal-sfty/sex-offenders/obtaining-information-about-sex-offenders.html.
Please note that sex offender information is available to the public only if the offender has a duty to register and has been classified by the Board as a Level 2 or Level 3 offender.
National Sex Offender Registry
The National Sex Offender Registry is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice. Using this Web site, interested members of the public have access to and may search participating state Web site public information regarding the presence or location of offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually-violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against survivors who are minors. The public can use this Web site to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.