SOLPRC’s Guide for Practitioners to New Federal SORNA Regulations Effective January 7, 2022

Source: 5/2/22

On December 8, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published regulations regarding the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”). The new regulations are notable for their emphasis on the responsibility of individuals with prior sex offense convictions to ensure compliance with Federal SORNA even where relevant state registration schemes maintain different requirements.

In light of the new regulations, and with the assistance of a number of attorneys and academics working in this area, SOLPRC has prepared a short guide to assist legal practitioners representing potential registrants. SOLPRC will endeavor to update this guide with additional information and sources as more information emerges regarding the new regulations, including relevant legal challenges and federal enforcement. We invite attorneys working on registry legal issues to reach out to us with feedback, legal updates, or suggested areas of development to help us keep this guide accurate and up to date.

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ACSOL thanks Mitchell Hamline for its scholarship on the important topic of the SORNA regulations that became effective in January 2022.

So that means that if you are not in a SORNA complaint state (like mine Illinois), you are not required to give 21 days advance notice of foreign travel? There’s no way to do that in Illinois anyway because the “change of address” requirement here is 3 days in advance of moving/travel, and the police will not accept a notice before that time. So, I don’t know how/to whom I would submit a 21 day notice.

I intend to increase my retaliation because of SORNA. The only question is – what is appropriate? Who must pay? What are the rules in this war?

It is clear that my key mortal enemies live in Amerika. I want them out.

Look Will Allen and many of you all. I know I just got sort of a slap on the wrist as compared to many of you all that had to do prison time, jail, or other forms of punishment. Yes I have two more months left. Even my PO when I first met him told me that they would burn me at the stake or outcast me way back when. Most of this registry ordeal is a type of saving face and challenging sexual ethics with craftiness. The craftiness is the use of the internet. Sure the person’s voice gave them away and yes I listened and gave warning. So who has blood on their hands.

.Sure we all complain but Alls fair in love and war and yes people can suspend rules in special circumstances..Although much of this registry is a type of game changer and yes I don’t blame Janice and many others for wanting to educate. Look at this Washington, DC venture as a field trip to help others. Maybe we can drink a beer up their.

Wow – I am so confused now.

I came off of the Penn registry back in Oct 2020. My 10 year term was up.

I still follow what is going on with the registries though and make donations to the organizations assisting registrants – Janice included.

I am very confused now though. According to the list of states that are SORNA compliant, Penn is not among them. I would assume then at this very time I am not required to register again even though my 10 years is up. And if Penn becomes SORNA compliant in the near future does this mean I have to register again? I only ask because of what happened in PA in 2012 “Pre-Sorna” where my conviction was in 2006. I was 10 year, then moved to 15 years and then back to 10 years after the Penn Supreme Court ruling.

I just don’t want to go to jail because I am required to register and don’t even know it.


Last edited 1 year ago by NorthEastPA

The fact that a law needs a “guide” proves how convoluted and performative it is.

America really does take pride in being a dysfunctional, gimmick-based nation.

The sex offender registration scheme is rapidly approaching the same confusion level of the US Tax code.

Perhaps there is a business opportunity here. A professional who can understand all the rules and receive a fee for making sure an offender client remains fully compliant in their state(s) and federally… Call it Turbo Offender or H&R Blockhead

Hmmmm……. I wish I had the time LOL

I came off the Reg in CT over 3 years ago (Letter from State Police, etc.)
Until when or IF my Federal PO and my retained Attorney gives me a “heads up” that some change is forthcoming, I am not going to lose sleep over this. Regardless, I agree with many in the posts that it’s confusing and worrisome.