Posted by Diane
The Sex Offender Community Notification Unit is releasing the following information due to a law known as the Sexual Offender Registration and Community Notification Act. These individuals are subject to community notification to a list of sex offenders in Rhode Island which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when the Sex Offender Board of Review determines that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individuals who appear on these notifications have been convicted of a sex offense, which also requires registration with law enforcement.
Per Rhode Island General Law sex offenders who are eligible for community notification review must have a date of offense on or after 7-24-96. In Rhode Island sex offenders are classified based on their risk to re-offend. An offender’s classification will be: a Level 1 or “low risk offender”, a Level 2 or “moderate risk offender” or a Level 3 or “high risk offender”
Website information about a sex offender is available to the public only if the Sex Offender Board of Review has classified the offender as a level 3 or Level 2 offender. Per Rhode Island Law information pertaining to Level 1 offenders cannot be posted on a website and they are not listed on a list of sex offenders in Rhode Island.
No agency, including any Law Enforcement Agency or any state agency, may direct where the offender does or does not reside, nor can these agencies direct where the offender works or goes to school. The risk level of this offender has been determined based largely on the offender’s potential to re-offend.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until passage of the Sexual Offender Registration and Community Notification Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share information with you. Abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered offenders will not be tolerated and may be a crime. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to conduct community notifications. We believe that if community notification ends because of community harassment, the only person who wins is the sex offender since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.
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