NACDL report on AWA

On February 24, 2007, NACDL issued a comprehensive statement on sex offender legislative policy. NACDL opposes sex offender registration and community notification laws but also believes that if such laws are passed they should classify offenders based upon true risk, with full due process of law. Community notification provisions should be reserved for offenders who are at a high risk to re-offend. Unfortunately, with the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety
Act of 2006 (Adam Walsh Act), Congress went in a different direction. The Adam Walsh Act includes the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA sets forth a federal supervisory program that, if implemented by the states, is likely to significantly de-stabilize offenders, cause substantial confusion over registration and notification requirements and eventually make our communities less safe.



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