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Samoa passes law enforcement only Sex offender registry


Samoa just passed a sex offender registry. There are two important differences, however, between theirs (and most other countries that have a registry) and the US.

Firstly, the registry and accompanying requirements will not be imposed retroactively against those who are not in custody as of it’s enactment. and secondly, the registry is for law enforcement only.

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  1. j

    hey California, are you reading this? hey united States,,,,,,,, are you also reading this?? or is it going to take 20 years to finally potentially make a safer community, another murder, another victim, theres way to much freedom of information available to view in the u.s, should there be a rugulated freedom of information to the public?? obviously samoa initiated this, theres always that saying if the information is out there to help and protect just one person than public notification is a must *so they say* so why is the continuing killing(s) of the registrants in california happening-being targeted due to the wide open megans website?

  2. Eric

    This is really the way to go. If a registry exists, it should be for law enforcement. The abuse of Meghan’s law is going to increase exponentially as criminals catch on to it. In our community we had a law office place a note on every registers door saying they could help them with their legal situation. They clearly got the names and addresses off of the registry. But the federal courts know that the registry is unconstitutional, but the judges are afraid to tackle it at this time as it is to inflammatory and will affect a judge’s future aspirations.

  3. Tim Moore

    Is this American Samoa? If so, these registrants will have the same green notices sent out to countries they want to visit, being citizens in a territory of the US.. If it is the other Samoa, the registrants from that Samoa will not be able to enter the United States, because the United States bans people on other country’s sex offense registries from entering. It begs the question of whether registrants will be able to travel between the two Samoas.

  4. Dustin

    Hate to keep making the same point, but even LE-only registries are silly unless someone can point out what would be on the registry that isn’t already on existing databases. Public or not, the registry has no role in the investigation of any crime except registry offenses. And the extremely low arrest rate of RSOs doesn’t support the purported need or even usefulness of such a tool.

    That said, it’s understandable to propose an LE-only registry to deflect at least some of the hysteria that would follow an announcement that the registry is being discontinued.

    • Facts should matter.

      The general public should’ve never been co-dependent on Megan’s Law in the first place.

  5. Joshua Fraley

    I wonder if a sex offender can move to American Samoa and get off of the registry, then move back?

    • Will Allen

      There are likely very, very few sex offenders who are listed on a Registry. But it would be great to identify who they are and get them imprisoned.

    • TS


      No, American Samoa has a registry of their own you can research online being an American Territory.

    • AJ

      @Joshua Fraley:
      “I wonder if a sex offender can move to American Samoa[…]”
      Yes. American Somoa, being a US Territory, is a domestic move in the eyes of the law.

      “[…]and get off of the registry,[…]”
      If you meet American Somoa’s criteria for removal, absolutely.

      “[…] then move back?”
      Yes, because you would once again be making a domestic relocation. However, the jurisdiction to where you move may have more stringent requirements than AS does, so you could well find yourself back on a registry.

      To answer your actual question of, “can I launder myself through American Samoa and be free from registration forever?” the answer is a resounding, “no.”

  6. dc

    was wondering if they allow so cruise ship passengers? this is the only stop on my possible cruise that is not an american or french territory.

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