Region Resists Fed Sex Offender Rules

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(Washington Examiner) — Virginia, Maryland and the District are struggling to comply with a five-year-old federal mandate to create a national sex offender registry and critics say their failure could cause them to attract violent sex criminals to the region.  Despite two one-year extensions, only seven states have met the requirements of the Adam Walsh Act. With a final, July 27 deadline looming, some jurisdictions are scrambling to get in compliance. Maryland and Virginia have passed laws in recent years that keep better track of sex offenders through stricter reporting requirements. But lawmakers have been reluctant to require violent juvenile offenders to register for at least 25 years and aren’t happy with being stuck with a multimillion-dollar tab, either.

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