Failure to Comply Arrests Reveal Flaws in Sex Offender Registries

In an article at the Appeal, Joshua Vaughn notes that in just one Pennsylvania county, in one year, more than three times as many people on the sex offender registry were charged with failing to comply with registry requirements as were charged with new sex crimes.Hundreds of people every year in Pennsylvania are arrested and […]

Judge upends Pennsylvania sex offender registration

Pennsylvania lawmakers made changes to the state’s Sex Offender Registry law after the old law was found unconstitutional. It appears the new law isn’t faring much better with the state’s judges, as exemplified by a recent case.WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas Court judge has ruled that a West Goshen man convicted of forcing himself […]

Pennsylvania Megan’s Law "legislative fix" no fix at all

Pennsylvania lawmakers thought they fixed problems with their state’s sex offender registry that led the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to declare portions of the law unconstitutional. Not surprisingly, they likely didn’t fix anything.Pennsylvania lawmakers insist they have fixed problems with Megan’s Law that threatened to allow thousands of sex offenders to avoid having to register with […]

Mayor defends fire company’s choice of sex offender as chief

From Pennsylvania comes the story of a small town mayor who is standing by the choice of a registered sex offender to be the town’s fire chief.Chief Roger Gilbert Jr. was convicted in 2001 of sexual intercourse with a 4-year-old girl and is listed in the state’s Megan’s Law database, The (Corry) Journal reported Saturday […]

Pennsylvania Senate considers overhaul of sex offender registration law

The Pennsylvania Senate will consider an overhaul of the state’s sex offender registration laws. The move is necessary after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled provisions of the Adam Walsh Act could not be applied retroactively. The proposed legislation would turn back the clock for ex-offenders convicted before the 2012 law took effect, but still require they finish any […]

Supreme Court denies appeal of Pennsylvania sex offender decision

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to a recent decision that found part of Pennsylvania’s sex offender registration law to be unconstitutional.The high court denied a petition from the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office to review a July decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that found the state’s current sex offender registration […]

PA’s "sexually violent predator" process ruled unconstitutional

More changes could be coming to Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry laws after an appellate court ruled the state’s process to declare a sex offender as a “sexually violent predator” unconstitutional. The Superior Court decision in a Butler County case found that the process — the designation carries lifetime registry and counseling under the state’s Megan’s Law […]

Pennsylvania Legislature weighing changes to sex offender registry

Legislators in Pennsylvania are considering their options after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that changes to the sex offender registry approved in 2011 couldn’t be applied retroactively.Similar to what happened in Nebraska, the changes in Pennsylvania’s law resulted in hundreds more people being added to the state’s public sex offender registry and others had their […]

DA to ask Supreme Court to review Pennsylvania sex offender registry decision

The District Attorney of Cumberland County Pennsylvania says he’ll ask the U.S Supreme Court to review a recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that found the state’s current sex offender registration law is punishment and can’t be applied retroactively.Just as in Nebraska, many Pennsylvanians saw their registration requirements increase when the state changed its […]

PA ruling raises questions about registry’s future

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that changes made to the state’s sex offender registration laws in 2012 could not be applied retroactively — along with the court’s finding that the registry is punitive — raises questions about the future of the state’s registry.Ryan Tarkowski, a spokesman for the state police, which run the Megan’s […]