The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled this week that the provision of their registration statute that allows those on the registry to apply for removal if they haven’t committed a crime within 15 years following conviction or release from a correctional facility for any term of imprisonment imposed is a one strike and you are out deal.
Two NJ registrants filed a lawsuit seeking their removal from the registry after remaining crime free for 15 years. Even though their crimes were in the 1990’s, they both had arrests in 2001 – one for a computer-related theft and one for failure to register as a sex offender, Since 15 years had passed since their 2001 theft and FTR, they sought removal, but the State argued that the Statute says if you commit a crime within 15 years of your sex offense you’ve blown your chance to ever get off the registry.
Sadly, their Supreme Court agreed. The opinion can be read here: https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/assets/opinions/supreme/a_73_74_18.pdf?c=bWo