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Posted: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 8:43PM

ACLU Says Offender Registry Unconstitutional



WICHITA, Kan.  -  The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas is urging the Kansas Supreme Court to uphold a judge's finding that the state's criminal offender registry is unconstitutional.
 
The registry includes sex offenders as well as people convicted of certain violent crimes and drug offenses.
 
The ACLU said in a filing Tuesday that instead of improving public safety, the registry laws impede offenders from reintegrating into a community.
 
The arguments come in a lawsuit filed by a child molester seeking to have his name removed from the Kansas offender list. A Shawnee County Judge ruled a law extending his registration requirement was a punishment that couldn't be retroactively enforced under the U.S. Constitution.
 
But the National Center for Victims of Crime says upholding the ruling would "profoundly affect" victims.

 

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