Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On December 29, 2014 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upheld Ruling that Lifetime Registration for Juveniles is Unconstitutional

A Pennsylvania law that requires juveniles (between 14-18 years old) who commit the most serious types of sex crimes to register with police for life is unconstitutional because it breeches the youngsters' civil rights. 

In a 5-1 decision Pennsylvania’s highest court upholds earlier rulings by judges in York and Montgomery counties against the juvenile sex offender registration rules of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). 

The Pennsylvania Legislature passed the mandate in 2011 to align with the Federal law, Adam Walsh Act AWA/SORNA.