Supreme Court Delays New Sexual Offender Registry - 8 News NOW

CORRECTION: Supreme Court Delays New Sexual Offender Registry Law

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LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Supreme Court has delayed the start of the sexual offender registry law, also known as the Adam Walsh Act.

The new law, which was to go into effect Feb. 1, would make the names of more sex offenders publicly accessible. The law says a sex offender, as young as 14 years old, must now publicly register.

8NewsNOW.com incorrectly reported that the Nevada Department of Public Safety sought a delay because of manpower issues.

In fact, DPS officials say they were ready to implement the law when the stay order was issued by the court. A law firm sought and received the delay on behalf of 24 "John Doe's" who allege the law violates the Nevada Constitution. The suit argues the law would create irreversible effects on people who have lived without incident for decades.

DPS sources did tell the I-Team they had concerns about the staffing needed to enforce the new law, but officials now say they will be able to enforce it if it does got into effect.

 

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