Reply To: AWA Loses in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court

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Brian

The PSP argues that application of SORNA to Jackson does not violate equal protection because Jackson is treated the same as any Megan’s Law II offender whose ten-year registration period was unexpired on the date SORNA went into effect. Because Jackson was convicted of an offense similar to an enumerated Pennsylvania Megan’s Law predicate offense, he was required to register as a sex offender with the PSP for ten years he is being treated differently than Pennsylvania offenders because SORNA does not provide credit for time spent registering in another jurisdiction, requiring him to register for a longer period of time than an individual who committed his predicate offenses in the Commonwealth.The PSP, in essence, is saying that if you are convicted of an offense in another state, are required to register in that state for ten years, complete that registration, and then move to Pennsylvania, you are still required to register in the Commonwealth for another ten years or a lifetime, depending on how that offense is now classified under SORNA.
It’s funny but not funny because pa turned it 180 degrees, before they stated that out of state offenders had to comply to the crime equivalent to the Pennsylvania registerable offenses and the time line for these offenses,15 years 25 and life , now, noowwww their saying now you have to register for what your original states crime table calls for but this is for act 10 not SORNA, wow how they twist the lemons…