Reply To: AWA Loses in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court

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Chuck

What we have to remember is that they are upset about the people they have to release but this decision is ALOT bigger than that. The whole point why the registry has passed constitutional scrutiny in the past is because the registry was not punishment, therefore, our constitutional rights against ex-post facto laws and cruel and unusual punishment didn’t apply. With this ruling that changes EVERYTHING. If this ruling stands within 3-5 years the registry in Pa will be found to be unconstitutional. The General Assembly could try to “fix” the registry but that fix would only apply going forward but backward. That is what the public is so up in arms about. They believe because sex crimes against kids are so bad, you do not have rights. Unfortunately, for them, this is not how the law works.
We will look back at 2017 in a few years and say this was the year that broke the registry. If you let someone out of prison, they have a right to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. You can’t punish someone forever if you let them out and they are finished with parole.