Anyone who was on parole or probation or incarcerated for a sex offense on January 21, 1996, must register as a sex offender with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services ("DCJS").In addition, offenders convicted of a sex offense on or after that date, or sentenced to probation, local jail, or state prison after that date, must register upon returning to the community.
There are three levels of sex offenders – Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.
Also featured are three survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and a demonstration by an FBI Special Agent who details the dangers of online chat rooms. Edelgard Wulfert, professor of psychology at the University at Albany, also offers insight into how child molesters operate, how they manipulate children and families – and why, all too frequently, parents refuse to believe their own child. Stanford, director of the New York State Office of Victim Services.
Level 1 offenders are required to register for a minimum of 20 years and Level 2 and 3 offenders for life (view details).
By law, only Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are listed on the public directory.
This directory now posts multiple photographs of registered sex offenders, as they become available, to provide New Yorkers with additional information to keep their families safe.