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I personally would not pay it and would take this to court. This is extortion and nothing but extortion! I'm filing this one under /Crime-Government because I think this is exactly what this is. This is unconstitutional and extortion for force someone to pay fines to obey the law!
Sex offenders and predators, mandated by the state to register with the Lee County Sheriff’s office, will now be charged a fee when they enroll.
With no discussion, the Lee County Commissioners unanimously approved a $30 fee for first time registration for offenders, predators, convicted felons and career offenders. Each re-registration will cost $10. The fee, expected to raise between $50,000 and $65,000 each year, will offset administration costs for registering Lee County’s 533 sex offenders and predators.
- No discussion, but they unanimously passed this law? Amazing! Usually a fee is associated with a service you want to use, I don't think this qualifies.
A sexual offender is anyone who has committed a sexual offense. A sexual predator has been convicted of one first-degree felony sex crime or two-second degree felony sex crimes.
- Above you mention offenders, predators, convicted felons and career offenders. So basically everyone in prison is to pay you a registration fee? I'm sure that will bring in billions of dollars and make millions of people homeless. This is also confusing. You mention sex offenders above, but also all the others. So which is it?
Passed in 2005, the Jessica Lunsford Act requires offenders and predators to register at local sheriff's offices. But the mandate comes unfunded from the state.
- And that is the problem. Why pass laws when you cannot fund them? Extortion, extortion, extortion!!!
Ninety-two of the 533 offenders and predators register four times per year, the remaining register twice per year, according to sheriff's department figures. Legislation is under consideration to require registration more often each year.
- Hmm, so for the 92 offenders, that is a total of $11,040 per year, and for the other 441 offenders, that is an additional $13,230 per year. Sounds like extortion to me. If they were all in prison you'd be getting a lot more money from the state then to feed, cloth and to house them.