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History:

  • The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 was signed into law on July 27, 2006;
  • This federal law established a baseline for state-level sex offender registration programs;
  • It replaced legislation passed in the 1990s (Jacob Wetterling) that was the basis for which many state laws were created;
    In response to a number of high-profile cases where egregious crimes were committed by individuals with prior sex offense convictions—but who were not required to register as sex offenders.
 

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