Is the Registry Unconstitutional?

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  1. Why isn’t a sex offender registration unconstitutional?
  2. History of the registry – how/why did it come about:
    1. Pre 1994: Few states required convicted sex offenders to register addresses with local law enforcement. The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act, required states to implement a sex-offender registration program.
    2. 1996: Wetterling amended by Megan’s Law. Required all states to conduct community notification, required the creation of Internet sites containing state sex-offender information but did not establish specific forms and methods.
    3. Post 1996: Several pieces of legislation were passed to improve sex offender registries. Despite these efforts, many sex offenders still failed to comply with registry laws.
  3. How is unconstitutionality defined?
  4. Construct an unconstitutional registry
  5. Do only items covered in the Bill of Rights count or do all constitutional amendments get covered when looking at constitutionality
  6. If you have your constitutional rights, how does that impact what you can do while under supervision?
  7. Different societies have their own constitution. Wouldn’t a ‘right’ be universal? Natural versus legal rights
  8. States with lifetime registration. Is this constitutional?
    1. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article172159212.html
  9. Eliminate registry vs Private registry?

Source http://www.registrymatters.co/

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