As part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, teenagers in Pennsylvania who are found delinquent in juvenile court of serious sex crimes might soon be part of a national sex-offender registry. The Act is set pass by 12/31/11.
- Equalizes sex crimes laws in all 50 states and creates a national database of sex offenders.
- Would make teens 14 and older who are found delinquent of the most violent sex cases — forcible rape, sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse — register for 25 years.
- Would make the registry accessible to law enforcement, not the public.
- Every state in the country is supposed to pass versions of the Adam Walsh Act or give up certain federal funding. Some states, including New York and Texas, have told the Department of Justice that they do not plan to comply.
- Juvenile court judges are holding back from certain rulings with the registry in mind.
- Defense attorneys are less amenable to plea deals for crimes that would require registration.
For full article see Pa.’s version of Adam Walsh Act would list teens as sex offenders on PennLive.com
For more information about the proposed legislation and different tiers of sex offender registration see: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Debate Sex Offender Legislation by U.S. Politics Today | 11/24/11.