When an incarcerated offender is set to be released into the community, the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders will evaluate the case and provide a risk level recommendation to the court.
If they are registerable, then a court where the offender resides will hold a hearing to determine his/her risk level. However, they must notify DCJS of their new address no later than 10 days after the move.Additionally, offenders must notify the local police department where they have moved that they are now living in that area and comply with whatever sex offender requirements exist in the new jurisdiction.When calling the toll-free number, you will have to provide the offender's name, and one of four identifiers (either an exact address, date of birth, social security number or driver's license number).Additionally, law enforcement may tell the community about sex offenders living in the area.DCJS has many teaching tools on its website under Missing Children/Safety for use when talking to children.
If you believe that a crime is being committed by a sex offender, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately as you would do in any case of suspected criminal activity.
If you learn information about an offender, you may tell others.
However, the information may not be used to harass or commit a crime against any person. Children may not be able to process the graphic nature of some offenses.
There are three levels, based upon an offender's risk of committing another sex crime and harm to the community: Level 1 (low), Level 2 (moderate), and Level 3 (high).
As a general rule, the sentencing court will determine an offender's risk level at the time of sentencing (in probation cases) or at the time of release from custody (in jail or prison cases).
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").