We can only hope that this is the future for Nebraska . . .
A U.S. district court judge is giving Michigan lawmakers 90 days to change the state’s sex offender registry law, almost three years after it was first ruled unconstitutional by federal appeals court.
U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued an order that the law must be changed on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
The ruling stems from an August 2016 decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati which found that Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act was unconstitutional.
Under Michigan’s law, which is similar to Nebraska’s law:
- Offenders have been prohibited from living, working or even standing within 1,000 feet of a school.
- They must immediately register email address or vehicles, plus report to the police as often as four times a year.
- The rules currently apply to all offenders on the registry — even if they’ve gone decades without committing any crimes.
The appeals court found the law in violation of constitutional protections against increasing penalties for a crime after its commission and adjudication.