American Law Institute Favors Ending the Public Registry

  • Institute’s Model Penal Code influences courts, lawmakers.
  • Restrictions on residency and internet use also targeted.
  • Institute includes prominent judges and attorneys.

On Thursday, June 8, 2021 the membership of the American Law Institute (ALI) gave its final approval to a revision of the Model Penal Code’s (MPC) chapter on Sexual Assault and Related Offenses.

Among major provisions of the MPC is the elimination of the public registry.

The proposal also includes, but is not limited to, recommendations to abolish most residency restrictions, internet restrictions and GPS location monitoring.

“The ALI drafts model laws that often become statutes as well as restatements of the law that are widely cited as authority in judicial opinions,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “ACSOL thanks ALI for focusing its attention on the plethora of laws that harm registrants and their families and that do not increase public safety.”

The American Law Institute, established in 1923, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The current Council of the ALI includes 7 members of the United States Courts of Appeal as well as Justices on the highest courts of California, Arizona, Texas, and New Jersey. The recommendations of the ALI Council become the official position of the Institute when adopted by the membership, which consists of leading attorneys, law professors, and judges who have been nominated and elected to membership.

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