In February, the Michigan Court of Appeals’ said homeless people couldn’t register under the Sex Offender Registry Act (see People v Dowdy, analysis here). The Michigan Senate has passed a bill to rectify the situation:
LANSING (AP) — Homeless sex offenders would be required to notify police when they change where they are staying under legislation approved by the Michigan Senate.
The legislation unanimously approved Thursday next goes to the House. It would establish registry reporting and notification requirements for homeless people who are convicted sex offenders. They would have to report their address as a homeless shelter or the nearest intersection where they regularly sleep.
The bills come in response to a recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that a homeless sex offender shouldn’t be punished for not registering an address or giving his whereabouts to law enforcement. The court’s reasoning was that a homeless person doesn’t have what is considered a residence.
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