The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that at least 95 percent of all state prisoners will be released from prison at some point. However, convicted sex-offenders almost exclusively face the vengeful, additional punishment of registration under the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act (SORNA). Generally, under SORNA, an individual who is required to register as a sex offender […]
In an astonishingly bold move the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled the state’s lifetime requirement to register as a sexual offender is unconstitutional and those who demonstrate a low risk of re offending may have their names purged with a judge’s permission. A relevant excerpt from the SC Supreme Court order: …Respondent [defendant] contends SORA’s […]
6th Circuit Court of Appeals case — Does v Snyder In late August the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that has registrants and lawyers around the country excited. The case, Does v. Snyder, challenged various parts of Michigan’s sex offense registration law. Six individuals using the last name “Doe” won, the […]
Significant changes to Michigan’s sex offender registry law cannot be applied retroactively to potentially thousands of sex offenders because the revisions unconstitutionally stiffen the punishment of offenders after their convictions, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed part of a lower-court ruling, saying the state cannot impose harsher […]
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