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’sContinue reading “PA’s "sexually violent predator" process ruled unconstitutional”

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 hadContinue reading “Pennsylvania Legislature weighing changes to sex offender registry”

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 changedContinue reading “DA to ask Supreme Court to review Pennsylvania sex offender registry decision”