The varying restrictions imposed by sex offender registries [JURIST news archive] have been under scrutiny as of late. The US Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] in February that sex offenders who committed their offenses prior to the passage of the federal sex offender registry do not have to list themselves unless the Attorney General commands them to. A law that banned registered sex offenders from public libraries [JURIST report] was also struck down in federal appeals court that month. One commentator suggested [JURIST comment] that such restrictions "do little to prevent repeat offenses."
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