When we started this project folks wanted to know of States that have a "Petition Process" to remove registrants from the registry. Then we realized that some registries have been around for some time, and some registrants may no longer have to register negating a need for a "Petition Process."
So we have combined these thoughts into this page, and below are states which have statutes describing "Term of Registration" and/or their "Removal Petition Process," if they had one. To further complicate things we found a few states that have a "Petition Process" to reduce time on the registry, these are also shown below.
Now, no judge is just going to remove someone from the registry without some assurance that the person is not going to commit further crimes. All of these Petitioning Processes require grounds to assure the judge that removal is in the best interests of society.
All the links below are to files created by the National District Attorneys Association as of the end of December 2010. They did a great job of creating these massive files of states' registration laws, and we are linking into those files for this project.
UPDATE AUGUST 2013: NDAA Changes their record keeping for state registration laws in Jan 2013. We will have to break out their files found here under their section titled "Sex Offender Registration." Yet to be done, so links below may or may not work.That does mean, what is shown below is dated, and laws change almost daily, so it is best if you find something that seems applicable to you, then see a lawyer to get the most up to date information and s/he may be able to help you file the necessary paperwork.
Accordingly, here are the states and statutes:
The National District Attorneys Association has two files which contain the state statutes for petitions to be removed from their state registry. For states:
Arkansas: (ARK. CODE ANN. § 12-12-919 (2010). Termination of obligation to register)
However Please note: Once removed from the registry there are other concerns. see "Topic: Registry - Recently Removed?"
If anyone knows of other states that have petitions, please let us know eAdvocate@gmail.com thanks.
State registration laws: Alabama to Missouri
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