Most States Won’t Comply With Federal Sex Offender Law Act By July Deadline


Nearly half of the states that have not met federal requirements for their sex offender registries have a problem with the mandate that registries include juveniles, reports Youth Today. Some 21 states cite “juvenile requirements” as a barrier to complying with the act, which requires states to establish a sex offender registry that connects with a national registry. That aspect of the law, called the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), sets minimum requirements for who to include on the registry and how long to include them.

July 10 is the deadline to comply with the Walsh Act or incur a 10 percent cut to the state's Justice Assistance Grant for state and local law enforcement. Florida, Delaware, Ohio, and South Dakota are the only states compliant with the law. At a House hearing last week, no witnesses expected the majority of states to be substantially compliant by the deadline this summer, and that some may not be ready for another two years, if they comply at all. The Justice Department is “reasonably confident” that between 10 and 15 states will comply with the Walsh Act by the July deadline, said tjhe department’s Dawn Doran. “I'm not pleased with the rate of compliance,” said crime subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). “I intend to see it is fully implemented.”

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