State Sen. Rick Jones is working on drafting legislation that would require registered sex offenders to pay an annual fee to help maintain the state’s sex offender registry.
“Indiana charges $50 per year; Illinois and Ohio charge $100 per year,” said Jones R-Grand Ledge. “Sex offenders can afford to pay a dollar or two per week to pay for the list. The tax payers should not have to be burdened with this cost. The offenders should support this list as they do in neighboring states.”
Currently, the cost of maintaining the Sex Offender Registry database is funded through a one-time $50 registration fee, even though the majority of offenders register for 25 years to life. During the past five years, the money collected from this one-time fee is less than 10 percent of the cost of maintaining the registry.
Jones noted that as a result, law enforcement must divert taxpayer dollars that should be spent on putting more police officers on the streets.
“This is a common sense initiative that surrounding states already have in place,” Jones added.