Reply To: Cato Inst. files amicus brief to Supreme Court in ex post facto case

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Carol Cohen

A good friend of mine is on the sex offender registry in Illinois but comes to my home in Florida for a few weeks a year and registers in Florida, as well. He may be able to get off the Illinois registry in a few years, but FL states he will be on their registry for life. How can FL do this when his crime was not committed there? People who visit FL for more than 3 days vacation and have to register are also on their list for life. Is this lawful? This lifetime registration in FL is one of the reasons that it looks like FL has so many people registered as SO’s. This number is overinflated due to people simply vacationing there and staying on their registry forever.