It has been nine months since court-ordered changes to Michigan’s sex offense registry were made, leaving confusion about enforcement.
Michigan State Police are under an Interim Order and Injunction issued by the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan that prohibits the MSP from enforcing registration, verification, school zone and fee violations of the Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA). Therefore, “if troopers come across an offender who hasn’t updated his home address, they won’t go for an arrest warrant“; yet, local law enforcement agencies are enforcing the law.
Miriam Aukerman, ACLU of Michigan senior staff attorney, said that because of the confusion, people on the registry could be going to prison for a long period of time if they get it wrong, making way for more challenges to the law.
Aukerman said the legislature has not addressed the real problem, which is Michigan’s bloated registry of 44,000 people who have no way to be removed from the registry and have Byzantine requirements that do not protect families.