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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Public sex offender registries likely do societies more harm than good

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The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that new laws cannot be applied retroactively to those already on the sex offender registry.

The sex offender registry is a popular tool. A lot of folks keep tabs on people moving into their neighborhood, just in case. It makes people feel safer.   

The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that laws regarding Michigan's sex offender registry cannot be applied retroactively. 

University of Michigan Professor of Law J.J. Prescott was cited as an expert in last week's ruling. He joined us today to talk about Michigan's sex offender registry, and why new laws shouldn't be applied to people already on the list. 

GUEST J.J. Prescott is a professor of law at the University of Michigan and an expert on sex offender laws. His research was cited in the Six Circuit Court of Appeals opinion.

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