A great decision out of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana was issued earlier this week.
Previously, people residing in Indiana who committed (and completed all sanctions relating to) offenses prior to the enactment of the Indiana Sex Offender Registry do not have to register. However, people outside Indiana who committed (and completed all sanctions relating to) offenses prior to the enactment of the Indiana Sex Offender Registry who later move to Indiana DO have to register. The same goes for someone who was living in Indiana, moved outside the state and then returned.
Federal Court Judge Richard L, Young found this result illogical. In his 37 page opinion he writes, “The state has offered no evidence that out-of-state sex offenders or those that leave and return are inherently more dangerous than resident sex offenders, and the court can think of none.”
But what is really great about this decision is that it is ANOTHER federal district court that has found the registry is PUNISHMENT!
You can read the decision below: