Second letter from AG's office state's sex offender law is retroactive

A second letter from Nevada's attorney general today offers to "clarify" that a a letter from yesterday referred only to where an offender lives and not whether the new sex offender laws apply only to future cases.

In response to the American Civil Liberties Union's question of the whether or not SB471 will apply to those already convicted of sex offenses, Deputy Attorney General Binu Palal stated in a letter dated yesterday:

"The position of this office is that the statutes stemming from SB 471 will be applied prospectively."

A second letter received today from Palal by ACLU attorney Margaret McLetchie stated the SB 471"only provide(s) for the prospective application of the newly added requirements concerning residency within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare facility."

"If the AG's office doesn't have a clue how to interpret this law or what their position is and keeps chaning their mind day to day, then how is the average citizien supposed to understand. The state of nevada has provided no clarity," said McLetchie from her Las Vegas office this afternoon.

"They don't know what they are doing, how's anyone else supposed to know what they are doing? They are really falling down on the job."

If applied SB 471 would increase the number of Tier 3 sex offenders " defined as those convicted of the most serious offenses " from about 160 to more than 2,500.

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