Significant changes to Michigan’s sex offender registry law cannot be applied retroactively to potentially thousands of sex offenders because the revisions unconstitutionally stiffen the punishment of offenders after their convictions, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed part of a lower-court ruling, saying the state cannot impose harsher restrictions enacted in 2006 and 2011 on offenders who were convicted before the law was changed. The court said the revisions, which include restricting offenders’ movement near schools, penalize sex offenders as “moral lepers.” U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland ruled last year that those changes could be imposed retroactively but declared other portions of the law unconstitutional.
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