50-state survey of relief from sex offender registration

We have prepared a new 50-state chart detailing the provisions for termination of the obligation to register as a sex offender in each state and under federal law. This project was inspired by Wayne Logan’s recent article in the Wisconsin Law Review titled “Database Infamia: Exit from the Sex Offender Registries,” discussed on this site on April 15. The original idea of the project was simply to present Professor Logan’s research in the same format as the other 50-state charts that are part of the NACDL Restoration of Rights Resource, supplementing it as necessary. But getting all of the state laws condensed into a few categories turned out to be a considerably more complex task than we imagined, in part because we had to fill in a lot of gaps, and in part because of the extraordinary variety and complexity of the laws themselves. From the Collateral Consequences Resources Center

http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Sex.Offender.Relief.5.12.15.pdf (note: this was not created by California RSOL. It is provided for information only and is not intended to replace qualified legal advice.)

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Excellent resource tool but the laws that are unquestionably clear in certain states are patently ignored or twisted by the courts.

For example, all I have is a 20 year old dismissed conviction out of California. Now, if you reference the chart for Mississippi, my current residence, registration ceases according to law via the dismissal.

I’m here to tell ya’ that it doesn’t. What’s their reasoning for a bunch of robed clowns to defy law? California can still legally register me if I lived there. (and many other states based on the chart)

PC290 has gutted PC1203.4. It’s got to be challenged in court, in particular the false world wide digital Ca DOJ advertisement that a conviction exists when the truth is that its been removed by law and replaced with a dismissal order.

There has got to be thousands in Cali under these circumstances.

Thanks for this fine compilation of important information. But here’s a puzzler. What do you suppose happens to a person who is convicted in federal court within California? For a Tier I offense would he be subject to the 15-year Federal term of registration or to the lifetime California term? Hmm…

Excellent! But you’re operating under old laws for IL. They upped their lowest tier to 15 a few years ago… Prior to that it was 10.

The chart you put together for CA says get a Certificate of Rehabilitation 10 years after dismissal. However, Both my private attorney and the LA County Public Defenders Office separately told me that I am eligible to petition to get a COR 10 years from conviction date.

Man I really wish one of you guys who have the resources would file for injunction relief based on the issues I’ve presented in other post. It’s ripe especially for you guys with these charges from decades ago. Here’s just one issue that should relieve you. IT’S RIPE AND TIME.

4. The sex offender registration and notification laws are completely irrational as applied to me in my case. Since I am a non-violent, non-contact, first time offender from a incident that occurred over a decade ago there is no rational basis to continue to subject me to these laws that have consequences that destabilize my life, restricts my abilities to reintegrate into society and they have been shown to actually increase my risk of re-offense while not achieving any legislative objective of preventing sexual abuse or increasing public safety. Since these laws have been seen as strictly regulatory in nature and not considered part of the punishment for an offense, there must be some evidence that the regulations actually achieve some legislative objective. These laws were originally designed to give law enforcement a tool to track and apprehend sexually violent predators, child abducters/rapist and habitual repeat offenders when such acts have been committed in the community but have since been expanded to the point to make the registration and notification laws useless to law enforcement or the general public. Just because these laws are so popular within the legislature or the public does not mean that there is a rational basis for such laws. With the facts and evidence of all the destabilizing collateral consequences I endure and all the recent research done on this subject there is overwhelming evidence that these laws are completely irrational and counterproductive especially when applied to non-violent, first time offenders such as myself.

It’s called entrapment laws and you never know who you will run into.