If someone is no longer required to register in the state in which the offense occurred, why would another state require it?

Since sex offender registration is a “civil regulatory scheme,” each state determines how to apply its registration scheme and to whom. Registration is a hodgepodge of 50 different statutory schemes plus a plethora of locally-imposed ordinances. This is much like your vehicle registration, where each state determines which vehicles are exempt and which ones must pay or be inspected.

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Brenda Jones

Brenda is NARSOL's executive director. She is also the layout editor for the Digest, serves as affiliate coordinator for our affiliates, contacts, and advocates, and oversees special projects such as Fearless, the state WIKI, and Humans on the Registry.