Research Should Influence Sex Offender Laws - arpb.info
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. After Supreme Court decision, rules for sex offenders deemed unconstitutional remain in place for thousands in Michigan. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Supreme Court effectively upheld a decision saying parts of Michigan's sex offender registry law — one of the toughest in the nation — were unconstitutional, thousands of former sex offenders who thought they'd be off the registry by now, or facing less severe restrictions, have seen no changes.
It makes it virtually impossible to live a normal life. Jackie Lacey, are looking to overhaul the system. They recently won state Senate approval of a proposal that would allow the names of those who committed lower-level, nonviolent sex crimes or are judged low risks to reoffend to be removed from the registry after 10 or 20 years. The proposal has stirred up deep emotions in a state where voters have, in the past, approved initiatives that are tough on sex offenders. Opponents of the bill include Erin Runnion, who in founded the Joyful Child Foundation, an Orange County advocacy group for victims, after the abduction, molestation and murder of her 5-year old daughter, Samantha.
Now, the fates of those people — along with as many as 17, others statewide who were required, under that law, to remain on a registry for decades or life — hinge in large part on the state legislature. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee, a key gatekeeper, unanimously advanced legislation already passed by the House to replace the invalidated law. Meanwhile, a panel of Common Pleas Court judges is deliberating whether to vacate the failure-to-comply convictions for the approximately Philadelphians still under supervision. Stewart Greenleaf R.