Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act

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1. Topic 1 The Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act was established like in many other states shortly after the 1994 rape and murder of Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old from New Jersey. Within the registry offenders are separated into two separate categories, non-aggravated offenders and aggravated offenders solely based off of the gravity of the offense(s) committed. AS 12.63.010. states what the requirements are for registration. Commission or attempted commission of a sexual offense or kidnapping of a child under the age of 16 - ALASKA STAT. § 11.41.100(a)(3), commission of sexual assault in 1st or 2nd degree or the sexual abuse of a minor in the 1st or 2nd degree, Sexual assault in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th degree, Sexual abuse of a minor…show more content…
If the person is incarcerated the person must register within a 30-day period prior to them being them released from a state correctional facility. This applies to all sex offenders moving to Alaska from another jurisdiction as well as people currently living in Alaska. Due to different states having different sex offender laws some offenders may not need to register in some states but may be required to register in Alaska. Offenders convicted of an aggravated offense, two or more sex offenses, two or more kidnappings are required to register for the rest of their lives. Offenders convicted of a non-aggravated sex offense or a single child sex offense are required to register for a period of 15 years. As of right now the Alaska Department of Public Safety does not charge a fee to register or publish the registry in order to prevent discouraging sex offenders from registering. At a minimum the Alaska Sex Offender registry requires the person’s name, address, date of birth, place of employment, all aliases used, driver’s license number, license plate numbers, vehicle identification numbers of vehicles that they have access to, any identifying features, anticipated changes of address, and finally a statement stating whether the offender has received…show more content…
Doe, Delbert W. Smith and Bruce M. Botelho were the petitioners Delbert W. Smith and Bruce M. Botelho, Petitioners v. John Doe I Et Al. SCOTUS. 4 Mar. 2003. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. The Alaska Sex Offender Registration act requires anyone convicted of a sex offense or child kidnapping to register with the local authorities or The Department of Public Safety. This Act’s requirements are retroactive which require offenders convicted of the crimes after a specific date to register. The two people involved in the case were seeking to pronounce the Act void and that it should not apply to them due to it falling under the Ex Post Facto Clause of Article I Section 10 on of the United States Constitution. At the conclusion of the case in a 6 to 3 opinion delivered by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy the court had determined that the Act’s retroactive requirement did not violate the Ex Post Facto Clause because the Act is considered non-punitive since it was intended as civil means of identifying previous offenders in order to be able to protect the public by making them

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