Michigan's Sex Offenders Could Face Annual Fees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A bill to require the more than 40,000 people on Michigan's sex offender registry to pay an annual fee is igniting a debate over who should bear the costs for operating the system that tracks offenders.

The bill recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee would require offenders who are not in prison to pay an annual $50 fee instead of a one-time $50 registration fee.

Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand ledge says sex offenders should be required to pay because "they put themselves on this registry by their actions."

But the American Civil Liberties Union says the fee is an overly burdensome cost for offenders who already struggle to find jobs and housing.

The state says it costs about $600,000 each year to operate the sex offender database.


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  • by Ashley Location: Lansing on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM
    For Anonymous - re: Homosexuals having to "register" to get married. Is thant what a "Marriage license" is? You are applying, to the State, for the privilege of entering into a contract with another consenting adult. They need to take a very close look at the RSO listing anyeay. As per Cathy's husband, there are people on there who SHOULD NOT BE, and some are not listed that should.
  • by Don on Mar 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM
    Rick Jones is a tool!!!!
  • by HistoryMajor Location: Lansing on Mar 28, 2013 at 03:03 PM
    Does any one relize that the sex offender list is not new to America. It was actually used first in Nazi Germany. And we all know how that turned out. Fact the people on the list are not the ones that people need to worry about. It is uncle jim, or grandpa, or or moms new boyfriend of the month. The majority of people on the list got caught up in something stupid and now are payng for it and the last thing they want is more trouble. many on that list work very hard to be a productive citizen again. They did there time they did there probation that should be the end of it. If they are such a danger why are they just not locked up for life. I personaly think there should be a drunk driver registry and everyone convicted of a drunk driving be it the first or the 5th shoudl have a special liscence plate for life so the rest of us responsable people on the road can at least know there is a possibility of real danger.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 28, 2013 at 05:01 AM
    @Kelly: Because then they would only have a few thousand "sex offenders" paying $50 a year. There wouldn't be any money in it.
  • by Kelly Location: fowlerville on Mar 27, 2013 at 03:15 PM
    I agree Cathy. some of the people on the list really arent "sex offenders" what about the guy and girl who have sex when they are 17 the parents get mad press charges and the boy is deemed a sex offender but the couple end up married with kids and everything. I think they need to revamp what this list is and put true predators on it.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2013 at 05:12 AM
    Why not make the people who visit the site to check up on registrants pay? If they care about their children, what is the value of this information? Plus, this seems ex post facto punishment and bordering on extortion. Can the government legislate a "tax" on a class of citizen? Maybe the homosexual people should be have to register to pay for the right to marry legislation. That is costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions in lawsuits.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM
    And when the 1.4 million a year surplus from this is wasted, they price will go up. And when the day comes that they can't raise the price any more, then there will be more lists. Maybe one for alcohol offenses, drug offenses, etc. You get the picture. OTIS will be replaced by crime specific lists that the offenders will pay for. The list does nothing. Offenders know the terms of their probation, and being on a list isn't going to make them less likely to violate those terms. These lists are a "feel good" reaction to what sometimes is a complete overreaction (like in the case of cathy's husband). Our justice systems is nothing more than another "big business". It is not there to protect or rehabilitate. It is a revolving door with a very busy cash register.
  • by Cathy Location: Keller on Mar 25, 2013 at 09:42 AM
    Not all of those who are required to be on this list are the same! There are varying degrees of offense, but the stigma paints with a wide brush. In his youth, my husband mooned his cousins from the back of his car and got an indecent exposure record for it. He is required to register on this list for 25 years! This inhibits his ability to volunteer for our son's Scouting Troop or even from entering his school! I am hoping to fight to have him removed from this list - "mooning" has been considered a PRANK not a sex offense! There needs to be balance with some of these laws.....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2013 at 09:12 AM
    Why not raise the initial cost to $500 and hope that we do not need to raise it more. The sexual registration is lifetime probation for some of these.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 25, 2013 at 07:10 AM
    With MORE than 40,000 @ 50.00 per...That is over 2 million dollars, but it costs 600K to operate the data base. The windfall SHOULD go to the victims, but I am sure the government will keep every penny! The ACLU needs to pull their heads out of their butts. They really do no favors to anyone.
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