publicbroadcasting.net- MI Judges: Homeless Sex Offenders Exempt From Registry.
Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan Radio) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that convicted sex offenders who are homeless do not have to register with the state.
The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that it would be impossible for a homeless person to comply with the law that requires them to report their address - if they don't have one.
The case involved an Ingham County man who was convicted in 1984 of five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. The judges make it clear in their ruling that it's up to the Michigan Legislature to add a provision for reporting requirements for the homeless.
People v. Dowdy: Ruling available at this link.