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Ohio Supreme Court: Automatic Sex Offender Registration and Notification of Juveniles Is Unconstitutional

April 9, 2012
Omote Ekwotafia

On April 3, 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court found the state's statute requiring automatic sex offender registration and notification for juveniles unconstitutional and counter to the goal of the juvenile justice system -- that is, rehabilitation.

In a 5-2 ruling, In re C.P., the court found the statute's automatic lifelong registration and the public notification requirements for youth adjudicated in juvenile court to be a violation of the 8th Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The majority opinion cited the character of a youth, as established in Graham v. Florida and Roper v. Simmons; major opposition from legislators across the country; and the recent decision of the Attorney General to make optional the provisions that previously required public disclosure of information concerning youth convicted of sex offenses in the juvenile justice system.

 

» Read the Ohio Supreme Court's opinion
» Read a survey of SORNA laws nationwide 
» Related stories on registration and notification of youth who have sexually offended

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