Oklahoma must now take steps to return the original classification and to remove anyone who had already met their original requirement of registration this in the end will cost the state tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. The real ramifications of this ruling will be unfurling for months because numerous inmates currently serving time for violating state sex offender registry laws should have their convictions overturned and be entitled to release.
- June 2010- Retroactive/mass re-classifications
- April 2011- Retroactive mandate to registration for convictions before Adam Walsh Act/ AWA existed
- July 2011- Adam Walsh Act/AWA mandated registration declared punitive not administrative
- April 2012- Retroactive mandate of lifetime registration for juveniles
So why does any of this matter here in
Well, for the last 5 General Assembly sessions I have been the one voice of reason pointing out that the majority of proposed bills here in Virginia against registered sex offenders has nothing to do with public safety, they aren't simply administrative but are actually punitive and they are all based on myth and fear instead of on any facts or empirical evidence.
Also, most bills proposed here in
are still being written as retroactive and are only amended if I point out the
issues with ex post facto. Some of the more senior and knowledgeable
Senators and Delegates have also recognized this and agree that the bill can
not move forward as retroactive. Virginia
But the main reason is because