In People v. Allen, the defendant challenged the constitutionality of requiring sex offenders to report changes of address has come under scrutiny. The case in question revolves around Correction Law § 168–f(3), a provision of the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) in New York. At the heart of the matter is whether this law, which mandates that level three sex offenders verify their address with authorities every 90 days, violates the due process rights of certain offenders. Specifically, the case challenges the law’s application to homeless sex offenders who lack a fixed address. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of this case, analyze the constitutional implications, and arrive at a reasoned conclusion.
Sex offender registration laws, such as New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), were initially enacted with the intent of enhancing public safety by providing law enforcement and communities with information about the whereabouts of individuals convicted of sex offenses. These laws require convicted sex offenders to periodically update their personal information, including their current address, to ensure that authorities can monitor their whereabouts.