The Sentencing Commission’s recommendations included in Senate Bill 1113 will make the sexual offender registry more effective and fair. However, as introduced, this bill has a serious constitutional vulnerability. The proposal would deny thousands of registrants who are currently on the public registry the ability to petition off of the registries due to the date of their conviction. Basing whether someone can petition off the registries on the date of their conviction is arbitrary. This inequity will make the state vulnerable to equal protection challenges. Due to this serious flaw, ACLU-CT cannot support the bill without an amendment allowing everyone on the registries the opportunity to petition off of them.
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