Covid-19, changing laws create Sex Offender Registry complications

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Covid-19 pandemic is causing problems for many government agencies including those who keep track of registered sex offenders.

SORA — the Sex Offender Registry Act — was already undergoing changes before the pandemic hit.

Now, the registry remains in a holding pattern. It began in 2016 when a federal judge ruled some of Michigan’s sex offender registration rules were unconstitutional. As the legal proceedings went on, those in charge were given until March 24th, 2021 to get the laws in line with those at the Federal Level.

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