August 3, 2011
National Juvenile Justice Network
Recent news has captured an emerging trend: states that have refused to comply -- or regret having complied with – the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Under SORNA, youth as young as 14 are required to register as sex offenders.
To date, only 14 states have come into substantial compliance with the Act. Yet Maryland, which was deemed to be in compliance by the federal office in charge of implementing SORNA, does not in fact meet the Act's minimum requirements, because it allows youth to petition to be removed from the registry after seven years, instead of the mandated twenty-five years.
Here's a quick roundup of news stories documenting states' struggles to comply:
• CNN.com: "5 years later, states struggle to comply with federal sex offender law"
• Bangor Daily News: "Maine one of many states failing to comply with federal sex offender laws"
• The Columbus Dispatch: "Ohio sex offender registry a mess"