Monday, March 24, 2014

MI - Sex Offender Fee Changes Take Effect Next Month

Original Article

03/24/2014

LANSING (AP) - Registered sex offenders in Michigan are required to pay an annual fee starting April 1.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in November requiring Michigan's more than 40,000 registered sex offenders to pay an annual $50 fee. The new fees are intended to cover the $600,000 a year cost to state police to operate the sex offender database.
- 40,000 * 50 = $2,000,000 dollars.  So where is the rest going?  And why does it cost $600,000 for police to do their job and update the registry?  Isn't that extortion?

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Rick Jones replaces the system under which sex offenders paid a one-time $50 fee.

The law only applies to registered sex offenders who are out of prison. People who prove that they are indigent can get a fee waiver.

Snyder says the law brings Michigan in line with neighboring states that require sex offenders to pay for the operating cost of sex offender websites.


12 comments :

Mark said...

Yes sir, if this does not stink to high heaven, nothing does. So where does $140,000 go folks???? They expect no one to ask that question?

Mark said...

You best check this. You have an independent obligation to register with the federal government. The agent for this is the FBI. It is written in the federal law.

Bill Barney said...

You are right Mark. The Federal government does require sex offenders as far back as 1957, and as varied as public exposure to rape of a child, to register. However the federal government has nothing set up that would function as a registry for offenders. The Feds have instead bribed the states with a 10% loss of federal funding unless they come in to full compliance with federal laws and guide lines. Most states are giving up the funding rather than comply. If John Doe were to go to the local FBI branch in Alaska to register they would just send him home because they have no way to accomplish that task.

Mark said...

i MEANT TO WRITE 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS - SORRY BOUT THAT!

cartercarter5 said...

So, $600,000 divided by 40,000 registered former offenders is $15 a piece to cover the cost. I think $20 would be reasonable to cover those who claim to be indigent. But, $0 should be the cost to those registered because we did not make up the stupid laws requiring us to ignore the fact that our rights are being violated every time someone looks at our picture and other info on these sites.

getting closer to the street said...

The tier system was to design and develope the megans law process for a lockin tracking order that feared the public and offenders without a true definition that was kept from the publc and offenders . It was used to empire the organazation . No one except law inforcement new what the level system was , which made the megans law scheme more impressive even for judges that even prosecuted children for lifetime sentences and also honerd them with a level . It's a crime but everyone is making money with retirements not thinking they one day soon will be on trial facing serious charges for obstruting the law and the constitution . It would have been perfect if the design decended with proof that the tier in place had served it's purpose and went away after a certin tme , but not when the system employed so many college graduates of learn to be a probation officer ,they had to keep it going even if they lied to the public . Often hideing behind small children when promoting their service to an ignorant public . It was prefect until inocent families are being murderd that are on the registry after time served from years ago from unknown vigilanties
The author of the AWA is the next that should be investigated for reckless endangerment and promoting vigilanty murders with his regitry laws . I'll be kind to say I'm sure this was not the intended out come , but can not be sure until they stand trial for the now deceased victims . Thats the problem of the registry system .

Lance Mitaro said...

The NCMEC needs to pay for all state-run registries. They always sit in on congressional hearings and claim how the registry is "needed" to make sure that lie never dies.

g4change said...

I think due to a state supreme court ruling, the same may now be true in Oklahoma. Also, Ohio may be the same too.

Michael said...

Of course, next year it will go up to $100. Then $200. And so on, until RSOs find a judge who will stop this ex post facto fine.

hypocrisyofages said...

It's only a matter of time before even the indigent ones will be charged with failure to pay, resulting in a backfire of this extortionist law.

Lido Shuffle said...

Politicians will keep adding fines/restrictions against RSO, because it gets votes, no politician, even if they disagree with more laws passed against already punished RSO, will not take any action in defending a sex offender, "political suicide"...Politicians do not care about the safety and welfare of the children, they stand on their soap box and proclaim, "Look and hear me, I am passing more laws against RSO, I am protecting your children, vote for me"..that's what it's all about, votes...(politician needs votes, not doing to well, he/she goes after sex offenders, no one will defend them and there are so many "sheople" out there that will believe what these politicians are crying, so they get the votes they need), I know most of you reading this post are aware of this, but it still needs to be said time to time...

hypocrisyofages said...

the saddest part of all of this is that no one is going to do anything about these extortion tactics, and it will just go on and on.