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California’s Pursuit of Evidence-Based Alternatives to SORNA  

Author:  Janet  Neeley, J.D..

Source: Volume 13, Number 01, December/January 2012 , pp.1-4(4)

Sex Offender Law Report

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The final deadline for compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006) came and went on July 27, 2011. Even though the states were given five years to come into compliance, only 14 states chose to do so by the deadline, despite the potential loss of sorely needed federal funding for crime prevention, which in California is projected to total millions of dollars a year. This article examines why California has joined New York, Texas, Colorado, and many other states in deciding to use a process of evidence-based sex offender risk classification in lieu of adopting SORNA’s offense-based classification system.


Affiliations:  1: California Sex Offender Management Board.

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