Posted at: 11/11/2013 11:58 AM
Updated at: 11/11/2013 5:21 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
A small change on a website is going to make a big difference. New York lawmakers are adding another level of security on the New York Sex Offender Online Registry. Governor Cuomo approved the website changes so that the public and law enforcement can better recognize offenders.
Right now, of the more than 36,000 sex offenders in New York State, more than 1,200 are in Monroe County, almost 300 are in Wayne County and 250 in Ontario County.
In the past, there was only one photo on the sex offender registry. Level 1 and Level 2 offenders must update their photos every three years and Level 3 offenders must update it every single year. But now, multiple photos will be posted. It will show every picture taken throughout the years. The goal is to keep up with appearances and changes. The pictures are expected to help people recognize an offender immediately.
News10NBC spoke to the Program Director of the Rape Crisis Service. He says the new change will bring comfort to victims and members of the community.
Jeff Pier, Program Director of the Rape Crisis Service, said, “I think it adds more to anybody whether sexually assaulted or not. People want to take care of their kids and their families, kids walking to schools and people who live on their own. So, people who have that awareness and could have those pictures of who is moving into their community I think would be very beneficial to them.”
There is a lot of information about locating sexual predators on this website. Level 1 offenders are limited to zip code. But you can find complete addresses for Level 2 and three offenders. The registry also includes work addresses and information about the conviction charge, the sentence and even vehicle information.
If a sex offender moves to New York from out of state, they must notify the Division of Criminal Justice Services ten days after establishing residency in New York State.Once they do that, the court will decide their risk level and then they will be placed on that registry.