Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.
The following information is from the Montana Sexual & Violent Offender Registry website:
The Montana 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:
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.
Although the Montana Department of Justice maintains the Registry, it has no legal authority to direct where a sexual or violent offender may or may not live. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, these offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose.
Limitations on place of residence - Montana’s registration statute does not restrict registered offenders from residing in certain areas. However, under MCA 46-18-255, a judge may impose restrictions on an offender’s place of residence if the offender was convicted of a sexual offense against a minor and designated a Level 3 offender. A judge also may impose restrictions on an offender’s place of residence as a condition of probation.