In 20, the state legislature expanded the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), originally passed in 1994, creating harsher measures for registrants.
The amendments retroactively made most registrants register for life and imposed geographic exclusion zones barring them from living, working, or spending time with their children in large areas of every city and town.
This is why the federal district court held the exclusion zones to be unconstitutionally vague.
Lester and Amanda Anderson at home in Elkhart, Ind.
He was arrested and charged and, after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and probation. Anderson will most likely be listed on a sex offender registry for life, a sanction that requires him to be in regular contact with the authorities, to allow searches of his home every 90 days and to live far from schools, parks and other public places.
His probation will also require him to stay off the Internet, though he needs it to study computer science.
Joseph River, where framed family photos hang from the walls and a pontoon boat is docked outside.The graph below shows how the recidivism rates of offenders at different risk levels compare to the baseline risk of non-sex offenders.MICHIGAN’S EXCLUSION ZONES “Restrictions that prevent convicted sex offenders from living near schools, daycare centers, and other places where children congregate have generally had no deterrent effect on sexual reoffending, particularly against children.The ACLU of Michigan and the University of Michigan Clinical Law Program brought the case in 2012. In fact, the consensus of modern scientific research is that public registries do not reduce crime, and may actually increase sex offending.Last year the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals declared that portions of the law are unconstitutional and held that restrictions added to the law cannot be applied to people convicted before the changes went into effect. Researchers believe this is so because public registration makes it harder for people to return to their families and communities, and harder for people to get schooling, housing, and jobs.
In fact, studies have revealed that proximity to schools and other places where children congregate had little relation to where offenders met child victims.” A Department of Justice-funded study found that exclusion zones may have increased recidivism in Michigan.