Robin – True, but things are vastly different today. Today SORNA mandates many things to States.
Incorporates a more comprehensive group of sex offenders and sex offenses for which registration is required.
Requires registered sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or go to school.
Requires sex offenders to provide more extensive registration information.
Requires sex offenders to make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update their registration information.
Expands the amount of information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
Makes changes in the required minimum duration of registration for sex offenders.
SORNA BTW is completely unconstitutional if any State chose to challenge it. It is a Federal scheme that puts the entire burden of the scheme on the States. The only thing the government does is mandate a website that is completely reliant on State registries. This is unconstitutional according to New York verse (USA EPA, I think) in which the federal government tried to force states to store its nuclear waste.