Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PA Supreme Court strikes down Megan's Law provision relating to juveniles

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has  ruled 5-1 that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional, reported Jurist.
The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of the Sexual Offenders Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The court declared the law unconstitutional because it allowed no appeal and assumed that all juvenile sex offenders posed a high risk of committing crimes as adults, even though according to studies, barely one percent of them commit new crimes.
In addition to public contempt, being on the Megan's Law Registry required offenders to report quarterly to state police and report changes of address, job or personal appearance within three days.
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