The Pennsylvania State Police has released the latest edition of the annual report, which provides statistics and information concerning the registration of sexual offenders in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Click here to view the report. Act 10 of was signed into law on February 21, Act 10 substantially changes registration requirements for certain sexual offenders in Pennsylvania. Sexual offenders whose offense was committed before December 20, may see their registration requirement change.
Sign up for our free weekly newsletter. Now, five separate cases before the state Supreme Court are attacking it as outdated, discriminatory, and unnecessarily cruel, depriving thousands of people of their fundamental rights. The cases challenge nearly every aspect of the law, which has undergone several incarnations since being signed in , one year after the death of 7-year-old Megan Kanka. The New Jersey girl was raped and killed by a neighbor who, unbeknownst to her family, was a twice-convicted pedophile. Similar laws were adopted across the United States and at the federal level. In the last year alone, the website received million page views, state records show.
Sex offender registry law in Pa. facing life-or-death test at Supreme Court
NJ Advance Media file photo. By Tony Rhodin For lehighvalleylive. Most of the thousands of Megan's Law offenders in Pennsylvania keep their information and photographs up to date, as is required by authorities. They need to check in with police, but have yet to be charged with a crime for not doing so, Reed added. And there are 22 other offenders, including one from the Lehigh Valley, who now have felony warrants out for their arrest and they are considered "absconded" -- one step further than noncompliant, Reed said.
Pennsylvania's General Assembly has determined that public safety will be enhanced by making information about registered sex offenders available to the public through the Internet. Knowledge whether a person is a registered sex offender could be a significant factor in protecting yourself, your family members, or persons in your care from recidivist acts by registered sex offenders. Public access to information about registered sex offenders is intended solely as a means of public protection. This website is not a comprehensive listing of every person who has ever committed a sex offense in Pennsylvania. The only way to positively identify a person posted on the Internet website as a sex offender is to compare the offender's fingerprints against the fingerprints taken at the time of arrest or incarceration.