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NCJ Number: 156875 Find in a Library
Title: Retroactive Application of Sex Offender Registry Statutes: 1995 Survey of the States
Author(s): D Niner
Corporate Author: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Albany, NY 12203-3764
Sale Source: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
4 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203-3764
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As of June 1995, 44 States had enacted sex offender registration laws to assist law enforcement and enhance community safety; 25 States had also established community notification procedures to inform the public of an offender's presence.
Abstract: Due to presumed low rehabilitation rates for sex offenders, many registries and community notification provisions apply retroactively to offenders who committed their crimes prior to the enactment of laws. In several States, however, the retroactive application of laws has encountered legal challenges and has resulted in the suspension and subsequent revision of some laws. A survey of sex offender registry laws found that 22 States retroactively apply their laws. Legal challenges are pending in four (Alaska, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Jersey), and South Dakota is anticipating challenges. Of the six States without sex offender registries (Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont), legislation to establish such registries has been introduced in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. New York's sex offender registry statute, passed in May 1995, is briefly described.
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Corrections; Sex offenders; State laws; State-by-state analyses
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