Justices will review sex offender registry

Justices will review sex offender registry

The Supreme Court agreed to decide in the fall term whether to require states that put all sex offenders on registries to evaluate cases individually before listing.

Some states provide the public with names of only those offenders deemed dangerous. The laws in those states are not at issue.

A federal judge struck down Connecticut’s sex offender registry last year, finding it violated the constitutional rights of past offenders to place their names on the list without a chance to prove they are no longer dangerous to society.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the trial court.

States with laws similar to Connecticut’s are Alabama, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Inf.: Connecticut v. John Doe, 01– 1231.

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