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North Carolina Rejects Costly Federal Sex Offender Registration Law

North Carolina is one of 35 states that refused to comply with the terms of the 2006 federal Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act, in part because of the cost of implementation. The failure to adopt the new terms of the law by its July 27, 2011 deadline cost North Carolina a federal grant worth $8.7 million. However, the state estimated it would have cost $14.7 million to implement SORNA. Failure to adopt SORNA does not mean the state does not have sexual offender registration. Rather, the state currently is ignoring the federal modifications in favor of its own state laws.

The state reluctance on implementing the federal changes also comes as the idea of sex offender registration in general falls into deeper doubt. A study by the U.S. Department of Justice released in 2008 indicates registration is not an effective deterrent to sexual offenses. The study examined sexual offense convictions in New Jersey for 10 years before the state mandated registration and for 10 years after. The study revealed that 95 percent of all new sex offense convictions involved people never previously known as sex offenders, regardless of the state's sex offender registration laws.

Numerous states are also recognizing the unintended consequences of strict sex offender registration laws. For example, some communities in Georgia, Florida and Washington are having difficulty finding housing for sex offenders, in some cases rendering them homeless, because laws effectively prohibit them from renting within city limits. In one Georgia case prosecutors tried charging a prior offender with violating the law after a daycare set up near the home where he already lived.

Despite its declination of federal regulations, penalties for a sex crime conviction in North Carolina are severe. Sex offender registration laws can affect the lives of those convicted for the rest of their lives, including negative impacts on job opportunities, education and housing. If you are facing a sex crime charge, contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending sex crimes to defend your rights in court.

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