An Oklahoma Supreme Court opinion on June 25 stated that the Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials have been violating the Oklahoma Constitution by retroactively applying a 2007 state law which increased the time former sex offenders had to remain listed on the sex offender registry.
The court ruling of 6-2 is going to lead to a significant number of people who will be able to move on with their lives, as they felt should have been the case for a long time. In accordance with the case of Starkey v. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Justin Jones as Director, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is reviewing all registrants on the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry and will be removing offenders that are determined to be subject to the opinion.
A Court Order will not be required for removal of offenders that are subject to the holding in the Starkey case, according to a a release posted on the Oklahoma DOC website. Actual numbers are not definite, but it could run into the hundreds, and possibly even into the thousands.