Alaska Supreme Court rules sex offender registry law unconstitutional

    A screenshot of the sex offender registry in Anchorage.

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a state law requiring the registry of all sex offenders is unconstitutional because it violates offenders' rights to due process.

    In a 3-2 decision, the court said an offender must be given the chance to prove he or she is rehabilitated and no longer remains a threat to the public.

    The court, however, upheld a lower court ruling mandating the registration of sex offenders upon moving to Alaska if they were required to register in another state as well.

    The Alaska Sex Offender Registry Act requires sex offenders to register with law enforcement 30 days before being released from jail or prison or within a day of a conviction where the sentence doesn't include jail time.

    The ruling stems from a 2016 case involving an unnamed man convicted in 2000 of sexual battery in Virginia. He was sentenced to five years in prison, which was suspended, five years of probation and was required to register as a sex offender.

    Upon moving to Alaska, he registered as a sex offender annually for several years and then stopped. He sued the state, claiming the sex offender registry law violated his rights to due process.

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