Sex Offender Management
DCJS is responsible for maintaining New York's Sex Offender Registry, which provides New Yorkers information about sex offenders living in their communities. 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.
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.
In addition to multiple photographs, this directory also includes multiple names (aliases), multiple home and/or work addresses in an offender’s profile, if applicable. Additional information including conviction charge, sentence, supervision conditions if the offender is on parole or probation and vehicle information also is posted.
Sign up for Sex Offender Relocation Email Alerts
NY-ALERT will email you whenever a Level 2 or 3 sex offender
on the public registry moves into – or out of – your neighborhood.
Information about offenders of all risk levels, including those whose risk levels are pending, is available by calling 518-457-5837 or 1-800-262-3257.
- Callers must have an individual's name and one of the following – an exact address, date of birth, driver's license number, or Social Security number – to learn if the individual is on the Registry.
Level 1 offenders are required to register for a minimum of 20 years and Level 2 and 3 offenders for life (view details).
Local law enforcement agencies – as defined under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act – in the communities where offenders live or go to school can release information to 'entities with vulnerable populations,' which could include a school, nursing home or day care center, for example.
Those law enforcement agencies can release the same information about offenders that is available via the toll-free number.
DCJS also offers an expedited service to the public, including to children's camps' operators, to improve response time to requests for checks of prospective employees against the Sex Offender Registry. DCJS is now accepting requests for searches in Excel spreadsheet format via compact disc (CD) or e-mail submission.
The agency also houses the Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM), which oversees New York's Sex Offender Registry. OSOM is the one statewide office solely responsible for sex offender management. OSOM has a broad mission, but its main goal is to protect the public, ensure that the management and supervision of sex offenders is effective and based on best practices, reduce future sex offenses, and create a national model for sex offender management and prevention.
For more information about how New York State monitors sex offenders, check out the links included in the menu on the right side of this page.