Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Retroactive Registration

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that sex offender registration requirements cannot be increased for people who enter plea bargains before subsequent changes to the law take effect.

As reported at, Justice Max Baer wrote the ruling in the case that involved three men who were convicted before changes were made to Pennsylvania’s law in 2012.

“In this commonwealth, when trial courts accept plea agreements, the convicted criminals…are entitled to the benefits of their bargains,” he wrote.

 Read the full text of the court’s decision here.

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