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Defending SORNA

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Charles Stimson and Maya Noronha of Heritage Foundation have this paper regarding compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). 

There is a lot of misinformation in the public domain regarding SORNA and its "requirements."[21] Some jurisdictions oppose implementation based on a false understanding of what SORNA contains or requires. Opponents of SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act have perpetuated these myths in order to delay or frustrate implementation.

In order to set the record straight, this paper will discuss the following 10 facts about SORNA:

  1. SORNA is sufficiently funded.
  2. Jurisdictions get federal grants for a reason.
  3. SORNA is flexible.
  4. Tiering is objective, uniform, and flexible.
  5. The Department of Justice supports jurisdictions seeking compliance.
  6. Teen consensual sex is not a registerable offense.
  7. Juvenile convictions do not have to be publicly posted.
  8. Retroactivity does not violate the ex post facto law.
  9. The Constitution grants Congress the power to enact SORNA.
  10. Registration and notification protects society.

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