Michigan legislators are reviewing Cleland's ruling and considering reforming the laws to make them compliant. You can watch the entire conversation below :. Sex offender registries, touted as a solution to keep communities safe, have not only failed in their mission, they actually leave communities less safe than they would have been without registries in place.
I'm tired of dealing with the stress. A few months ago, he sought to have his criminal history cleared. For more than 90 percent of people on this list, registration is for 25 years to life.
The registries have had an important unintended consequence, he said. States that want to implement risk assessments — and can pay for them — are free to do so. At the time, Wetterling lobbied passionately for a federal law authorizing registries and was at the White House in when President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law.
And that means a registry that uses risk assessments to determine who needs to be monitored and who doesn't. For example, Michigan has the fourth highest per capita number of people on its registry and is one of only four states that requires some convicted of public urination to be on the list.
One former offender, Mason Carrick, 41, of Montcalm County in mid-Michigan, said he's often left not knowing what's expected of him legally. Most do not offend again. In any sex crime case, our goal is to keep you from being convicted of a crime that will result in sex offender registration.
It does not give the circumstances of his arrest.
The law doesn't allow even those who have had their criminal histories cleared to be removed from the list. A feminist argument against the use of sex offender registries. The state's site gets about , hits a month. And in , Congress passed the Adam Walsh Protection Act, expanding the reporting requirements of sex offenders, mandating that they also report where they work and attend school and increasing the length of time they stay on the registry.