Michigan judge suspends enforcement of sex offender registry during COVID-19 outbreak

 — Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a federal judge has ordered officials to not enforce rules of the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act for now.

Parts of the SORA were declared unconstitutional in 2016, and on Feb. 14, 2020 U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland gave the legislature 60 days to rewrite the law. Offenders were still required to report through mid-May. But on Monday, Cleland issued an interim, temporary order prohibiting officials from “enforcing registration, verification, school zone, and fee violations” of the sex offender registry law that happened or possibly happened from Feb. 14 “until the current crisis has ended.”


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