On July 6, 2012, in United States v. Kebodeaux, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act’s registration requirements were unconstitutional when applied to the intrastate relocation of former federal convicts who had been unconditionally released from federal custody. This decision obfuscates whether former federal sex offenders must follow state or federal sex offender registration requirements in order to avoid criminal penalties. A contrary interpretation of the Act’s statutory history that requires uniform registration requirements among all federal sex offenders would resolve this ambiguity and ensure a fair warning to all former federal offenders.
Law Enforcement and Corrections
- Journal title
Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice
E. Supp. 53
- Date submitted
7 September 2022