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PA Supreme Court Decision alters Sex Offender Registration Requirements

A ruling issued by a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court could greatly alter the registration requirements imposed on some types of convicted sex offenders. The Opinion handed down in Commonwealth v. Lutz-Morrison, Under an interpretation of the old "Megan's Law" statute a conviction on two or more registration crimes triggers automatic lifetime registration. 

Sex offender registration laws in Pennsylvania

The General Assembly in the state of New Jersey passed several bills in 1994 requiring the disclosure of information about convicted sex offenders to the general public. These bills collectively became referred to as Megan's Law, named for Megan Kanka, a murder victim. It was proposed that this compiled information be shared in what's now called a Sex Offender Registry. Even though this registry is of use nationwide, every state's laws regarding sex offenses differ. Therefore, the sex offender registry requirements will subsequently vary as well. Below is information specific to Pennsylvania.

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