Michigan, Nevada, Wyoming, and Michigan’s Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians have substantially implemented the sex offender registration requirements of the federal Adam Walsh Act, says the U.S. Justice Department. Only four other states–Ohio, Delaware, South Dakota, and Florida–are in compliance.
Linda Baldwin, director of the federal office monitoring the law, said officials are “aggressively working” with other jurisdictions to meet the July 27 deadline. Many states have cited concerns over the law, including costs of compliance. States that do not implement the law by the deadline could find federal aid under the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program reduced by 10 percent.