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Moreover, the Act will preclude state officials from instituting registration laws they deem more reasonable or effective but which fall below the federal mandate. In 1996 Congress authorized the creation of a national registry of offenders convicted of coercive, penetrative sex with anyone, sex with children under the age of 12, recidivists of any sexual offense, and sexually violent predators. I think it makes sense that the police have the information they need to monitor my whereabouts. I committed a crime, and I accept that consequence. Indeed, at least some registrants convicted of sexually violent crimes agree that registering with local law enforcement makes sense.
While a few states have had sex offender registries since the 1940s, most states began creating registries in the 1990s.
The Adam Walsh Act creates three tiers or levels of registrants, determined solely by the conviction offense, with Tier I crimes the least serious and Tier III crimes the most serious.
The tiers dictate the duration of the registry requirement.
Trent B., a Pennsylvania registrant convicted of streaking While federal law requires states to register former offenders convicted of certain offenses, it does not limit states authority to increase the number of offenses that trigger registration or the duration of the requirement to register.
Most people assume that a registered sex offender is someone who has sexually abused a child or engaged in a violent sexual assault of an adult.