They've been quietly going about their own business, just trying to live their lives and raise children — but they keep having these obstacles thrown in their face for no reason other than the irrational and overreaching sex-offender registry. For questions, comments or suggestions concerning this website, feel free to contact us. If you believe that offender information is in error, please submit a tip by clicking the icon located on the offender? They're much more likely from a statistical standpoint to kill children in their neighborhood than a sex offender who's completed his sentence. In fact, the recidivism rate for sex offenders turns out to be one of the lowest recidivism rates for any class of felons. Legal Limits on Disclosures. According to Ruttenberg, Kennedy's evolution on the topic could be an indication that more jurists believe "these blanket restrictions and requirements placed on sex offenders after they finish their sentences have done nothing but erode their constitutional rights and made the communities less safe. Ruttenberg stresses that "Judge Matsch issued a declaration that, as applied to these three individuals, the registry violates their 8th Amendment rights and their 14th Amendment rights. Critics have long argued that this system is mainly about afflicting "retribution or additional punishment," in a phrase quoted by Matsch. Unlawful use of the information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and willful violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The only issue is if they will ever get paroled or if they're going to be on probation for the rest of their lives. That was the genesis of the case four years ago, and because I've had many more men and women in their position come to my attention during the past four years, I considered adding more plaintiffs and making it a class action suit. By clicking within this box to proceed, I agree to the terms and limitations as stated. And you can certainly use his opinion to then argue that for convicted sex offenders who are similar situated — who are done with their treatment and are low-risk — the statute is also unconstitutional as applied to them. In 's Smith v. Read and acknowledge the disclaimer at the bottom of page. Since information changes quickly, and there may be gaps in data received, the Virginia State Police makes no representation, either express or implied, that the information on this site is complete or accurate.