Herald: State loophole protecting Level 3 sex offenders
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A shocking report has been released about how much taxpayers shelled out to the state's most dangerous sex offenders.
According to the Boston Herald, Massachusetts residents coughed up $1.2 million in legal fees for Level 3 sex offenders.
In 2003, the state required Level 2 sex offenders to be posted on a public website. The paper found a loophole in that law that allows sex offenders to hire taxpayer lawyers and go behind closed doors to keep their identities a secret.
Since then, the public defenders' office has shelled out millions in legal fees to take those cases before the Sex Offenders Registry Board.
The Herald says under a new bill filed by Democrat Brian Mannal of Barnstable, the registry board would be required to contact every sex offender who wants to get their name off the online registry and inform them they have a right to a free lawyer and hearing.