Should Minors be placed on Sexual Predator Watch Lists?

May 1, 2010 by Joel Yacoob

I.                                               Background               In 1994, Congress enacted the initial piece of federal sex offender legislation, the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (the “Wetterling Act”), which requires paroled and incarcerated sex offenders to register with local authorities.[1]  At the time, twenty-four states had sex offender registration statutes, but state authorities could not effectively monitor the inter and intra-state movement of offenders.[2]  By requiring sex offenders to register whenever they establish a residence in a new state, the Wetterling Act has promoted coordination between state authorities and has created a mechanism for monitoring offenders.[3]               Rather than requiring wide dissemination of information about registered offenders, the legislation initially placed public notification at the discretion of [....] Read More…