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The requirements and responsibilities of registration for both offenders and law enforcement agencies are defined in Title 46 Chapter 23 Part 5 of the Montana Code Annotated.
Individuals convicted of one or more of the following offenses are designated as sexual offenders and are required to register with Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Unit.
Reasonably equivalent offenses of another state, a tribal government or the federal government and offenses that require registration as a sexual offender in the jurisdiction of conviction also qualify.
In 1995, the Montana Legislature required certain violent offenders to register in Montana in addition to sexual offenders. Montana is one of the few states that register violent offenders.
Reasonably equivalent offenses of another state, a tribal government or the federal government also qualify.
Offenders who have been convicted of both a qualifying sexual offense and a qualifying violent offense are listed on the Registry as sexual and violent offenders.
In addition to sexual offenders and violent offenders, the Registry also refers to:
Local law enforcement and the Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Unit make a constant effort to locate non-compliant registrants. Please contact your local law enforcement agency with any information you may have on such an offender’s whereabouts.
For an offense(s) committed outside the state of Montana please contact the appropriate state registry who can provide you with public records law and resources in that state for obtaining additional information, if permitted.
The National Sex Offender Public Website: (NSOPW) provides sex offender registry web site addresses ofr each state. The NSOPW web site address is https://www.nsopw.gov/. You should be able to obtain contact information from these sites, or by conducting a search for that state registry using your search engine.
Please Note: Positive identification of a person believed to be a sexual predator or sexual offender cannot be established unless a fingerprint comparison is made, and that it is illegal to use public information regarding a registered sexual predator to facilitate the commission of a crime.
Tier levels are a method of assessment to predict the likelihood that a sexual offender will re-offend. Tier levels also assess the threat that an offender poses to public safety.
There is no known way to accurately predict the future behavior of another person. The process of screening individuals in prison places them into risk categories. This does not mean that the Department of Corrections has devised a way to predict future behavior. Rather, it means that a scientific way exists to evaluate an offender’s past behavior by comparing it with other individuals who have been out of prison for a while. This shows how an offender might act once released from prison.
Not all offenders with a high score on the risk test will commit another crime. However, they are more likely to commit another crime than an offender with a low score.
The Department of Corrections or the sentencing court designates a tier level that assesses the risk each offender poses for committing similar offenses in the future:
If an offender was convicted in federal court or in another state and the offense requires registration in Montana, the Registration Unit may use the risk level designation assigned by that state or the federal government.
Offenders without a tier level – Some sexual offenders may not have a tier-level designation. Since the tier-level system was not enacted in Montana until 1997, sexual offenders sentenced prior to that year may not have a tier level. Sexual offenders may not have a tier level designation if:
Violent offenders are not issued tier levels.