AZ: Navajo Council passes legislation to improve sex offender registration

Source: 7/25/23

On the final day of the 2023 Navajo Nation Council Summer Session, Legislation No. 0104-23 was introduced to amend the Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) in Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code.

The legislation aims to allow civilian employees of the Navajo Nation Police Department to help register sex offenders in a timely manner, along with handling administrative tasks related to registration.

Currently, only Navajo police officers are responsible for sex offender registration, which sometimes poses challenges due to their field duties and emergency responses.

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“The amendments are considered vital to enhance the punishment for sexual offenses and protect Navajo families and communities.”

And why are police officers registering people when it is an administrative task? I don’t register my vehicle at the police station.

I think that it might be more efficient for the Navajo Council to pass an ordinance registering non-offenders instead and just assume everyone in the Nation not registered is a sex offender. Would take up a LOT less time and resources.

I can improve the registry for free by abolishing it.