Michigan Lawmakers Ordered to Revise Registry Years After It Was Found Unconstitutional

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 […]

Two years after court ruling, no changes to Michigan registry

Two years after a federal court ruled parts of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act unconstitutional, the state legislature has still made no changes to the law.Michigan Public Radio talked with an attorney for the ACLU of Michigan and a Michigan State Senator about what changes are needed and why they haven’t been made yet.The American […]

Treatment of sex offenders depends on whether they’ve challenged rules

Here’s an interesting article from the Detroit Free Press about the confusion surrounding enforcement of Michigan’s sex offender registry laws following a federal court ruling that provisions of the law were unconstitutional. Apparently, no one knows exactly what the law requires or how it is supposed to be enforced.WASHINGTON — Eight months after the U.S. Supreme […]

A flurry of bills followed Larry Nassar’s conviction. Here’s why that’s a problem.

Several new laws have been proposed in Michigan following the conviction of former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar. The bills have broad bipartisan support, but Natasha Lennard writes that the proposed legislation is typical of the knee-jerk sex offender legislation that typically has followed high-profile cases in recent years.The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act, […]

Federal courts examining constitutionality of sex offender registries

A look at how several recent court decisions against sex offender registries in several states, and the predictable backlash from elected officials in response to those decisions. Colorado’s sex offender registry still hangs in limbo seven months after a judge said it violated the constitutional rights of former offenders, subjecting them to an extended punishment and […]

Sex offender registries endanger lives they’re meant to protect

Miriam Aukerman is a senior attorney for the ACLU of Michigan, involved in litigating the Does v. Snyder case. She writes an op-ed for The Hill, explaining why sex offender registries should be not just reformed, but done away with. She says Michigan will have a chance to do that after a federal court ruled […]

Op-ed: Get rid of the registry

Jack Lessenberry, in a commentary for Michigan Public Radio, suggests the state should get rid of its sex offender registry.First of all, I don’t know how, under our Constitution, you can go on punishing people who have served their sentence, no matter what the crime. That’s what they did in the old Soviet Union. You […]

Michigan must rewrite its sex offender registry law

After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the 6th Circuit Court’s decision in Does v. Snyder, the state of Michigan will have to redo its sex offender registry laws. Pity the poor Michigan legislators.Sen. Rick Jones, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he’ll invite the ACLU, state police and prosecutors to discuss the […]

Registry keeps Michigan man from his business

So much for second chances, fresh starts, and entrepreneurship.BATTLE CREEK, MI — Convicted sex offender Reece Adkins’ predicament isn’t likely to evoke much sympathy from his neighbors. He was convicted 17 years ago of sexually abusing a minor under the age of 13 and placed on Michigan’s sex offender registry for life. But staying on […]

Michigan asks Supreme Court to stop Does v. Snyder ruling

As expected, the state of Michigan has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the 6th Circuit Court’s ruling that found the state’s sex offender registry laws to be unconstitutional.The state’s request was referred to Justice Elena Kagan for consideration.Story hereUpdate: The Supreme Court has turned down Michigan’s request to stay the lower court’s […]