Concord is the third-most-populous in the Granite State. In New Hampshire, sex offenders are not specifically prohibited from handing out candy on Halloween.
I have never had to use a lawyer in my life. Are registered sex offenders posted on the Internet? Are registered sex offenders posted on the Internet? So that would be a few folks, but not most. Being the victim of a crime, even of a sex crime, does not make a person an expert on public safety. When is the public notified?
Other states like Illinois do prohibit sex offenders from handing out candy on Halloween. In Massachusetts, sex offenders are prohibited from working as ice cream vendors and cannot live in public housing.
Sign up for free daily newsletters and breaking news alerts from Concord Patch. Offenders who normally would be on the public list can be placed on the private list at a judge's discretion.
A victim's age, not the crime's brutality or severity, is the primary measure governing an offender's listing. Both the public and private lists can contain the names of a range of offenders, from those who committed relatively nonviolent offenses to those convicted of brutal sex crimes.
Lind is now a married mother of four who works as a social services advocate. She says the sex offender label continues to cause her problems, noting she was charged in October with felony-level duty to report for not telling police about a change in job status, which she is required to do as a sex offender.
Her status as a sex offender shows up on her record and has limited her job and housing options and prevented her from chaperoning her children's field trips, she said. Her offense would be a misdemeanor under current state law, which was changed in , because there was less than a three-year age difference between herself and the victim. She said she can petition to come off the private sex offender list and is looking into doing so.
But Lind says regardless of what happens with her petition, it's time for New Hampshire to change its sex offender law as not all sex offenders are the same, and she and others are being lumped in with more serious offenders. Some changes are on the way. It calls for a tiered federal sex offender classification system and gives states until July 29 to instate similar systems.
An offender's tier would govern whether they appear on a public registry. The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed House Bill , which would create a state tier system, provide more information to the public and help prevent sex offenders from moving to the state to take advantage of its private list, lawmakers say.
Under the Act, the FBI may release relevant information to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies for law enforcement purposes only. Public notification will only be made if it is necessary to protect the public.
However, the Act specifically states that in no case shall the FBI release the identity of any victim of an offense that required registration of a sex offender. The legislation also made it a criminal offense for a registered sex offender to move to another state and knowingly fail to notify the FBI and authorities in the new state. Upon release, each sex offender is notified of their lawful duty to register with the FBI and appropriate local authorities.
Persons accessing the database are cautioned that the registry contains identifying information about the offense for which the sex offender/offender against. Disclaimer, Offenders Against Children, Support Services - Division of State is NOT the entire list of registered sex offenders in the State of New Hampshire.