PARSOL, at the forefront of advocacy, urges the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to support Judge Allison Bell Royer’s ruling in Comm. v. George Torsilieri, challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Royer found SORNA unconstitutional, citing issues like an irrebuttable presumption, punitive nature, and violations of federal and state prohibitions.
Recent arguments saw Commonwealth attorney Ronald Eisenberg asserting high sex offender recidivism, countered by Justice Christine Donahue citing a record indicating “80 to 95 percent of [past] offenders are likely NOT to recidivate,” challenging prevailing beliefs.
PARSOL’s advocacy is rooted in a “person-first approach,” emphasizing prevention, treatment, and healing. Randall Hayes, PARSOL Legislative Director, stresses the potential for individuals to change, advocating for a fair and just society.
Theresa Robertson, PARSOL executive director, supports this with research, asserting sex offense registries’ ineffectiveness and their contribution to increased re-offense likelihood.
Appellee attorney Aaron Marcus aligns with PARSOL, emphasizing the enduring impact of the registry’s label on aspects like employment and mental health.
Eisenberg contends that the court shouldn’t determine the legislature’s foundation for the registry, while PARSOL calls on legislators to reject fear-based legislation, advocating for fact-based approaches from the American Law Institute.
In conclusion, Comm. v. George Torsilieri serves as a focal point for PARSOL’s advocacy against SORNA’s constitutionality. The organization champions a person-first approach, challenging prevailing narratives with legal arguments, statistical insights, and a call for evidence-based policies. This ongoing discourse underscores the intricacies of managing sexual offenses and the necessity for balanced, rights-conscious policies prioritizing individual dignity.
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