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SADO and the ACLU Prepare Information Packet on SORA

In People v Paul Betts, the Michigan Supreme Court held that the 2011 Sex Offender Registration Act is unconstitutional ex post facto punishment. With the Court’s decision, SORA’s many requirements cannot be imposed against those whose offenses requiring registration came before the enactment of the 2011 SORA. SADO and the ACLU have prepared an information packet to help members of the public navigate SORA. Get the info packet here.
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COVID-19 Pleadings and Resources for Attorneys and Advocates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for the defender community to advocate for the release of incarcerated individuals. Keeping people unnecessarily incarcerated dangers public health and safety. SADO has created and gathered sample pleadings, information, and resources here. This page will be continually updated. Read More


2011 Sex Offenders Registration Act Was Unconstitutional Ex Post Facto Punishment

On July 27, 2021 the Michigan Supreme Court held in People v Betts, __ Mich __ (Docket No. 148981 https://courts.michigan.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/Clerks/Recent Opinions/20-21 Term Opinions/148981.pdf) that the 2011 Sex Offenders Registration Act was unconstitutional ex post facto punishment. This is the first time the Michigan Supreme Court has found that registration is punishment. Read more


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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.