Sen. Jones: Sex Offenders Should Pay To Maintain Registry

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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.

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  • by jane Location: idaho on Mar 18, 2013 at 10:45 AM
    total bs , tax payers want this law! You get what you sow!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 at 05:46 AM
    @greg when i signed a deal paying for the stupid list was not a part of it,had it been then i would have paid a lawyer instead of just listening to mine telling me i had no chance ,so instead of prison they said a few months in county,i was young and didnt know what i was doing if i could go back i would have fought it since i didnt do anything anyways,when someone says u did something it dosent matter if u did it or not.
  • by Name on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM
    @Greg: I think the point many are trying to make, including myself, is that the idea of the court forcing you to pay them for something they are forcing you to do or be a part of is wrong. That would include a fee for collecting and disbursing Child Support. That's why I say the legal system is just a business now. It has nothing to do with justice or fair outcomes. Its all about $$$$. Users should pay the fee just like anything else in a free market. If the person you are paying child support to wants the court to be involved, then they should pay for the service not you.
  • by Greg Location: Mason on Mar 3, 2013 at 07:09 AM
    For all you whining offenders that might have to pay a few dollars a month because you broke the law....I pay Friend of the Court monthly to receive and disburse my court ordered child support, and I didn't even break the law. Not only should offenders pay for for the maintenance of the list, they should also pay for counseling that victims seek afterwards.
  • by John Location: Monticello, IN on Mar 1, 2013 at 05:50 PM
    Asking a sex offender to pay for something that he is court ordered to do is just unjust. Those who want the registry should pay for the access. If parents would step up and be parents, there would not be a need for a registry which really serves no purpose other than provide a tool for a community to discriminate against the offender...his family...his children. What justice is there in this? Politicians should legislate with common sense which is founded in science and fact rather than just emotion and the drive for continued political growth.
  • by Kathy Location: Michigan on Feb 17, 2013 at 09:46 AM
    Sex offenders have the highest rate of unemployment in the country. Since ex sex offenders believe the list is unconstitutional and a danger to their life and lives of their families, why would anyone want to pay for that? Sex offenders have families, children of their own and pay child support. They are the most vilified people in the USA. My son is on the list. I already pay his child support if he can't come up with it. He can't live in the house he bought and now, his son is homeless. Every dollar is sometimes a matter of life or death for many of the families. All this would do is take food out of the mouths of their children. Gas, alone, has gone up to almost $4 a gallon and you think they can afford one or two more a week so people can vilify them even more? A better idea might be to have the citizens who are so intent on knowing where every sex offender lives is to make them pay-per-view. If someone is that interested, maybe they'll pay to look. 95% of all new sex offenses are done by people NOT on the list.
  • by David Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2013 at 05:53 AM
    wrong place wrong time wrong people still paying never given real chance 30 years ago 14 years locked up Free you call second class citzen..
  • by RDD Location: Lansing on Feb 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM
    This whole registry is unjust. If you served your time your debt is paid.
  • by brian Location: ingles on Feb 6, 2013 at 07:14 PM
    Nope you people wanted the on line list, you fools pay for it.
  • by LJW Location: World on Feb 6, 2013 at 02:02 PM
    Regardless of how you feel about the punishment for such crimes, this is just not practical. The unemployment rate among sex offenders is so high, most of them just live in shelters or with family. So in fact, this would be forcing the family of offenders to pay these taxes. Since they are already down a wage earner, I don't think putting families in shelters over useless fee like this is worth it. If you think sex offenders should be punished more, then campaign for that. However, this cost is a waste of money. The Registry hasn't saved a single child but HAS allowed some children to be abused that wouldn't have otherwise. Keep in mind, 95% of abusers already know the child, many live with the child. Sending your kids to school is much more dangerous than a sex offender living next door. Are we going to shut down all the schools now? Based on all of the outrage against sex offenders in general, parents should be keeping their children inside, away from friends and classmates because they are much more likely to abuse a child than a stranger.
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