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People v Dowdy

7-11-2011 Michigan:

People v Dowdy (Not Favorable)

We granted leave to appeal in this case to determine whether homeless sex offenders are obligated to comply with the registration requirement imposed by the Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA).1 Specifically, we consider whether homeless sex offenders have a "residence" or "domicile" such that they can comply with the statute's registration requirements.

We hold that homelessness is not a bar to compliance with SORA because homelessness does not preclude an offender from entering a police station and reporting to a law enforcement agency regarding the offender's residence or domicile. The Legislature intended SORA to be a comprehensive system that requires all sex offenders to register, whether homeless or otherwise. Therefore, we reverse the Court of Appeals' judgment and remand this case for trial.

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