Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SORNA Compliance Deadline Extended

burlingtonfreepress.com : Leahy applauds extension for state compliance with sex offender registration.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,Tuesday applauded the Justice Department’s decision to give a one-year extension to states to comply with the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), officials for Leahy said.

The Act was included as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which was signed into law in 2006, and required states to comply with the provisions by July of this year.

In March, Leahy and other congressional leaders urged Attorney General Eric Holder to extend the deadline for compliance. Under the provisions of SORNA, states and other jurisdictions are required to comply with certain sex offender registry provisions within three years of the passage of the Adam Walsh Act. To date, no state or jurisdiction has met the requirements mandated in SORNA.

The 2006 law permits the Attorney General to grant up to two one-year extensions of the deadline. The proposal approved by the Attorney General is the first one-year extension.