UPDATED: 50-State Chart on Relief from Sex Offender Registration 11-21-2019

[ccresourcecenter.org – 11/21/19]

We [Collateral Consequences Resource Center] have completed an overhaul of our 50-State chart on relief from sex offender registration obligations, to bring it up to date and ensure that it is thorough and accurate.  This chart documents the duration of sex offender registration requirements, as well as legal mechanisms for early termination from such requirements.

In conducting this review, we have identified a handful of states that have, since the chart was last revised in November 2017, expanded the availability of relief from sex offender registration requirements, including for people who have successfully completed diversionary dispositions, people with serious disabilities, and people who are registered based on out-of-state offenses.  These recent changes in the law, incorporated in the chart, are summarized below.

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Janice, is this an error in this chart? in column two of California it reads: “Effective January 1, 2021, people in Tiers 2 and 3 of the new sex offender structure may seek relief from the superior court where they are registered, after a minimum period of registration. See column 1” I think they mean tier 1 and 2.

But even so, we are confident that you and all the ACSOL staff will continue to work to modify this tiered registry. Lifetime for a non-contact offense is a very dismal prospect to live one’s life out under this scrutiny.

It’s still wrong concerning Indiana. Tier III and SVP can both petition to get off once they’ve been off probation/parole for 10 years, without a new felony. I told the organization about that at least a year ago, but for whatever reason they won’t update it.

Anyone familiar with AZ? I’m looking into moving down there and am wondering if they’d be able to tell me what tier I’d be in before I decide if it’s worth it.

I have two questions, first one is when a person is relieved from the registry, do ex registrants (covered individuals) still have to do the notification process for international travel and worry about the feds sending out alerts to foreign countries even if they’re off the registry? Second question, how do we deal with the public that is opposed to an individual being relieved from the registry and make them understand something?

@ Lake County: Currently in OR but from CA originally. I was convicted in fed. court and was assigned tier 2 under federal SORNA, but while in CA I was listed by zip only. My case included possession though, so under CA’s new tier system as it stands now, I’d be tier 3 if I come back, so I am definitely not moving back (for the time being, anyway). Under the system here in OR, only those deemed predators are publicly listed so I’m at least not on the website here. But it’s a lifetime registry state, so at some point I’m going to head for greener pastures in search of relief; I will not be registering for life. I’m also not adapting well to the PNW climate; I realize how much I need sunnier, drier weather.