Utah allows lifetime sex offender registry removal

Utah Governor signed bill H.B. 139 to allow lifetime-offenders, convicted in another jurisdiction, the ability to Petition the Courts to be removed from the registry after living in the State for two consecutive years, with the intent of primarily residing in Utah, and meeting other conditions.

This is available 20 years after release from confinement, or if no confinement from sentencing – as long as you have no class A misdemeanor, felony, or capital felony in the last 20 years.

Perhaps North Carolina should seriously consider a similar law.

3 thoughts on “Utah allows lifetime sex offender registry removal

  • March 29, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    North Carolina should consider a lot of things if they won’t actually abolish the registry in their state, like consider removing the rule of not letting offenders that are general offenders that have no victims allowed access to state parks, amusement parks, also I think only law enforcement should have access to the registry, so some people can more like get jobs and not get targeted by vigilantes, also another thing, instead of having to serve at least 10 years before you can petition for removal, it should either be half that or removal without petition and given the 2nd chance to expunge a felony or more depending on what they did! Just some thoughts that would give offenders more freedom from the registry so they won’t commit more crimes!

  • March 29, 2023 at 9:35 am

    I will have been on the registry for 25 years in 2025 and would then be released from registration requirements in the state in which I was originally placed on the registry (and after they changed the requirements for registration retroactively). My understanding is that I have to have been on the registry in North Carolina for 10 years before I can petition to be removed. Since I would not be required to be on the registry in 2025 based on the original placement, I think that a two year wait as in Utah would be beneficial for me and for thousands of other registrants in North Carolina, and considerably reduce the ridiculous administrative costs involved with the tens of thousands of registrants just in Mecklenburg County.

  • March 29, 2023 at 8:00 am

    NC should seriously consider the UTAH Government web page. One click on your link and you can see who sponsored the bill, who actually wrote the bill, the bill itself and it’s progress. On the NC site you have to dig and click and click to finally get to the bill then dig some more to find the other information.
    One thing is for sure. The American Legislative Exchange Council won’t be pushing this bill like they do all the anti-LGBT laws.
    Thanks Wayne


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