Federal Judge Rules Parts of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled parts of Michigan’s sex offender registry unconstitutional.

This decision comes from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland.

Some of the unconstitutional portions have been identified in areas of registration and reporting requirements, loitering restrictions and residency exclusions.

Cleland says he anticipates his ruling will push Lansing to create a new statute that would be constitutional.

ACLU of Michigan Attorney Miriam Aukerman says this is a win for the state because “families deserve true reform that prioritizes public safety and prevention.”

Lawmakers now have a 60-day window to draft new legislation until the ruling goes into effect.