Montana Supreme Court rules against retroactive registry

  • How did the Montana Supreme Court redefine the application of laws governing the state’s Sexual and Violent Offender Registry (SVOR)?
  • What are the broader implications of the ruling on individuals previously sentenced under different circumstances?
  • How does the decision set a crucial precedent for the future treatment of individuals post-sentence who are required to register?

The Montana Supreme Court recently ruled against the retroactive application of laws governing the state’s Sexual and Violent Offender Registry (SVOR). The court emphasized the punitive nature of the registry, countering the state’s claim that it functioned solely as a public list.

“Under our constitution, citizens have the right to be free from retroactive punishment,” the court said in its 5-2 decision.

Read more about the Montana decision

The decision tackles cases such as Richard Hinman’s, convicted in 1994, who faced stricter registration requirements after completing his sentence. The ruling focuses on the retroactive application of SVOR laws and their punitive implications for individuals previously sentenced under different circumstances.

The court’s decision delineates clear boundaries between justice, constitutional rights, and post-conviction treatment, offering relief to individuals burdened by the enduring consequences of outdated laws.

What is it like for moms of people on the registry?

Are you the mother of an individual who has been placed on a sex offender registry? If so, consider taking this short research survey. This research survey aims to explore if and how the mothers of individuals on the U.S. sexual offense registry experience stigmatization and discrimination along with how those experiences affect their mental health.

This study is conducted through Illinois State University and has been approved by an Institutional Review Board.

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