December 2, 2015
Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross testified on Tuesday in support of three bills he filed aimed to enhance public safety and protections for victims of sexual offenses. The pieces of legislation were being addressed at a public hearing of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, of which Senator Ross is a member.
“Sexually violent offenses, especially those against children, are some of the most heinous and severe crimes to deal with. These events can have a lasting and significant effect on the victim, often shaping the rest of their lives. I filed these bills with the intention of protecting those I represent and ensuring that those who have been victimized feel safe,” said Senator Ross.
The pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Ross include:
S. 891, An Act relative to the unsealing of records: this bill would allow victims of sex offenses, in which the victim was a juvenile and the offender was an adult at the time of the crime, to be added to the list of parties who are allowed access to sealed records.
S. 894, An Act relative to sex offender classification: this bill would require the Sex Offender Registry Board to prioritize the registration of offenders who have been convicted of a sexually violent offense or a sex offense against a child. It would also require that these offenders be issued, at minimum, a Level 1 lifetime registration if convicted as an adult and a 20 year Level 1 registration if convicted as a juvenile.
S. 895, An Act relative to sex offender registration: this bill would require that all offenders convicted of a sexually violent offense or a sex offense against a child to be classified as a Level 1 sex offender within 72 hours until their classification has been finalized.
“I have filed these bills several times because I am committed to not only the safety and security of my constituents, but people all across the Commonwealth. It is my hope that the legislature can take action on these crucial measures to protect those who continue to suffer,” said Senator Ross.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.