- Register your opposition to proposed SORNA changes.
- Three communication methods you can use.
- Take the time to write an original letter.
Remember the proposed SORNA (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) changes that were published in August 2020? We registered our opposition to those changes last fall and then nothing happened. When President Biden took office in January, his administration put all proposed regulation changes on hold.
Now, the proposals are on the move again. Before it is too late, let Attorney General Garland know why he should not sign off on the SORNA changes.
From the ACSOL (Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws) post on this topic, here are the three methods you can use to share your thoughts with AG Garland:
- First, call the U. S. Department of Justice and leave a comment on the agency’s comment line at 1-202-353-1555
- Second, send an online message to the agency (the general topic is “message to attorney general) at https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice.
- Third, mail a letter to Attorney General Garland at U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001.
To refresh your memory on the proposals:
Notes from the Handbasket: suggestions for comments on the SORNA rule changes
Make sure your message refers to the proposed regulations published in Federal Register on Aug. 13, 2020, in Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. OAG 157 (AG Order No. 4759–2020).
More from the ACSOL post:
If you take the time to write an original letter it will be given more weight than if if looks like you just copied and pasted the same text that other people used.
There is no deadline by which Attorney General Garland must reach a final decision regarding the proposed SORNA regulations. Therefore, that decision could be made at any time. The decision of the Attorney General will be published in the Federal Register and Congress will have 30 days to review that decision before it becomes law.