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MI Homeless Sex Offenders Exempt From Registry

February 5, 2010

publicbroadcasting.net– MI Judges: Homeless Sex Offenders Exempt From Registry.

Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan Radio) – The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that convicted sex offenders who are homeless do not have to register with the state.

The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that it would be impossible for a homeless person to comply with the law that requires them to report their address – if they don’t have one.

The case involved an Ingham County man who was convicted in 1984 of five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. The judges make it clear in their ruling that it’s up to the Michigan Legislature to add a provision for reporting requirements for the homeless.

People v. Dowdy: Ruling available at this link.

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