Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Automatic Lifetime Registration and Notification for Juvenile Sex Offenders as Unconstitutional

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Breaking news today from the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC):

Today, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued their opinion in In Re C.P. The decision voids as unconstitutional provisions of the Ohio Adam Walsh Act that impose automatic lifelong registration and community notification requirements on certain juvenile sex offenders who were tried within the juvenile court system.

To the extent that it imposes automatic, lifelong registration and notification requirements on juvenile sex offenders tried within the juvenile system, R.C. 2152.86 violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, Article I, Section 9, and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, Article I, Section 16.

Additional information can be found here. The slip opinion can be found here.

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