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MO: Hundreds of Missouri sex offenders now required to wear GPS monitoring devices for life

A sex offender from St. Charles County thought he had moved on with his life after successfully completing five years probation for sending web cam photographs of his genitals to an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Now he’s among hundreds of people in Missouri who are finding out they must attach GPS monitoring systems to their ankles for life, even though such a requirement wasn’t part of their sentencing agreement. Full Article

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  1. JoeHillsGhost

    This from the St. Louis County prosecutor quoted in the article is stunning:

    “She said sex offenses are a public health issue and should be handled accordingly, similar to people with a contagious disease who are quarantined.”

    So now sex offending is a contagious disease? Good grief! Missouri…where sanity goes to die.

    • Tired Of Hiding

      I think this is hate speech, comparing a group of people to herpes and should be addressed as such!

      I would love to sue this individual for slandering the image of a group that I am forced to be in. Who does this holier than thou individual think she is?

      • New Person

        But technically, she’s correct. Rules against registrant are based upon Public Safety. What does that mean? It means that the SCOTUS defined all registrants as having a “high and frightening” rate of re-offending in the 2003 Smith v Doe decision.

        Get mad at the correct person(s), not the messenger. So until the SCOTUS corrects itself, by law, we’re legally labeled as monsters with an 80% recidivism rate.

  2. J

    There’s no reason for anyone to state how dumb and uncostitutinal this law is like you always do, ( that’s common sense and we already know that).This will be an easy win for our side. Congrats in advance for the attorneys who are defending the innocent and who will win this suit. Easy money! Lucky dogs!!

    • Agreed

      @J
      Indeed, and agreed. I’m thinking a fair share of the other states might tell MO to pound sand about tracking free citizens. (I know, some of you will jump on me and say that the states will gladly have this free way to track better.) Other AGs, courts and legislatures will certainly see what a goat-rope it is and decline to get dragged into the morass.

      More fodder for SCOTUS to consider, too.

      –AJ

  3. Tired of this

    Do the powers that be in Missouri want to see a spike in the number of absconders? Because this is how you get a spike in the number of absconders.

    A man can only be pushed so far, a man can only have his nose rubbed in it so much, until he reaches a tipping point when he decides he’d rather just take his chances. Life is short, after all, and speaking for myself, I know I’ll be damned if I’d live out the rest of my days on this Earth as a de-facto probationer. I thankfully don’t live in MO, but if I did (or if something similar happened in my state), I don’t think I’d even bother calling an attorney, if you catch my drift.

    I think it prudent for all of us, who are able and willing, to have a “plan B” if your state decides to pull similar or worse shenanigans. What that “plan B” is exactly is up to you, but do plan, and put as much into a “rainy day” fund as you can. Because you never know. We are playing a rigged game whose rules can be changed at any time without notice, as we continually see play out across this country that was once the beacon of freedom and justice.

    • 4sensiblepolicies

      It will be interesting to see how many disappear or are sent to prison for violating this form of torture. I would in no way, shape, or form tolerate it. I’d fight it legally to the end, and if that were to fail (due to a corrupt system), I’d cut that damn thing off and take my chances on the run. Anyone who thinks what they have done there is remotely Constitutional is an absolute fool or a special sort of evil.

      • Tired of this

        I’d go so far as to say this form of torture is designed for no other reason than to increase the chances a registrant will wind up back in jail on some bullsh*t technical violation. The more traps they set for RCs, the tougher they look on crime to the braying masses when RCs fall into them.

  4. AlexO

    Absolutely insane. I wish nothing but karma for the politicians that voted this in, and a double dose for whomever sneaked it in at the last minute.

  5. Son of Liberty Child of Freedom

    Very Inter Esting & Remarkable or Vise Versa.

    What are the Probabilities or Chances that the California’s Department of UnJustice, Parol or Probation depts would actually comply with the Orders of the Wicked & Evil (Want Provoking Ways) of the State of MO, Larry, & Currly?

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    Taking these details into Account, how would California’s Supreme Court Rule on a Case before their Bench?

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    “Alerts are built into the program that can set off an investigation or require immediate correspondence, for instance, if an offender enters an exclusion area, such as a park or school, or doesn’t come home by Curfew.”

    “Messages are sent through a transmitter on the GPS device to verify location or even the possible issuance of a Warrant. The spokesman said offenders Living Outside of Missouri will be supervised and fitted with a GPS device by That State’s Probation and Parole Agency. How that would play out is unclear.”

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    These Conditions would qualify a 21st Century Slave of the Not so great State of MO, Larry, & Cheese. To travel to a United Nation’s member Country and upon arriving at that Countries Immigrations Air, Land, or Sea Port make a Formal Declaration of Aminsty as a 21st. Century Slave of the State of Mossouri.

    I believe such a petition would have to be honored & Heard in that said Countries Court, per Its descriptor as a Debt Bondage and the equivalent or Interchangeability as a Sin committed, has been since time immemorial and documented in he Hebrew Torah as it’s Founding Document to the Intended Prohibition of Human Slavery by the Fathers of The Constitution of The American’s of the United states.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_international_law

    Debt bondage:

    Is the most common form of slavery today. It is a condition in which a person “pledges him or herself against a loan of money, but the length and nature of the service is undefined, and the labor does not diminish the original debt.” Debt bondage was included and defined as a form of slavery under the 1956 Supplementary Convention on Slavery. However, its many modern forms continue to include pawning, peonage, and worker debt. In India, debt bondage has been illegal since 1976; however, due to widespread poverty in the country, it continues to exist, as a man may need a loan to finance a wedding, funeral, medicine, fertilizer, or a fine. Because the interest rates on these debts as so high, debts are often inherited and children may replace their fathers or siblings. Debt bondage can also be incurred by specific industries – quarrying, carpet-making, agriculture, and fisheries – where the cost of equipment and supplies falls on the worker who needs a loan to pay for them.

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    Link to the Text of the UDHR:
    http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (text) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of what many people believe to be the rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. The full text is available on the United Nations website.

    The Declaration consists of thirty articles which, although not legally binding, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966, the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants, which complete the International Bill of Human Rights. In 1976, after the Covenants had been ratified by a sufficient number of individual nations, the Bill became international law, to be followed by all.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations

    I speak a True Song

    As Yehovah Lives, so should we

    • Wow

      @SoLCof
      Interesting idea. Applying for refugee status FROM the U.S. or MO in particular.

      Wow, this is what we’ve come to in the country. I’m slack-jawed, to say the least. MO is the “show me state.” Well, you’re going to get shown the inside of a courtroom, PDQ.

      Absolutely unbelievable.

      –AJ

  6. Notgivingup

    This is total BS and the people in that state should fight this out in court or any other way they can, it would be better to die than take any more of this crap. I blame this solely on the RCs and their families that refuse to fight, keep sticking your head in the sand this is what you get.

    • C

      I agree. We’re all frogs in the pot or warm water and that water in MO is starting to boil. Will they, or any of us, leap out before we’re cooked?
      I know I’ll jump and abscond way before they strap one of those things on me.

    • Registry Rage

      “Though it’s technically for life, offenders can start petitioning to have the device removed at age 65.”

      A lot of good that would do! The prime of your life is gone and you only have a decade left (at most) at quality of life.

      ““A chip under the skin, I could deal with that,” he said.”

      ^What a coward! I’d like to slap the living hell out of that idiot! This is EXACTLY how things get normalized as routine and spread nationwide!

  7. Jack

    This is what you get when the people put fascists into office. All I can say is glad I’m not there. I have to say if it were me I gladly cut and run so to speak though. Happily people have had enough of this nonsense.

  8. Stephen

    Just like with Nixon and Watergate, Follow the money. Stop crying and start searching. By law all politicians must list what investments they have and where they get and spend Campaign Contributions.

  9. Robert

    SCOTUS looked at this issue two years ago: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/0330/GPS-monitoring-of-sex-offenders-for-life-Supreme-Court-reverses-N.C.-case-video
    Hard to see that this MO law is much different than the NC law that was reversed.
    24 hour monitoring = search under 4th Amend.

    • AJ

      If there isn’t, there should be some sort of “punishment” when the State knowingly passes an unconstitutional law. As Robert points out, SCOTUS already says post-parole/probation GPS tracking is a 4th issue. Yet MO legislators, in their endless salivation to puni…er…regulate RCs ignores it.

      Sure seems like willful misconduct by that State if enacted. But, what do they care? The RCs will all get the punishm…er…regulation while the case is pending. And the RCs will get to spend money on attacking it, while MO has essentially endless money and power.

      –AJ

  10. Eric Knight

    I’ve contacted the author of the story, and he would like to get opinions from ACSOL staff. Thanks.

    • AJ

      @Eric Knight
      Well done, and thanks on behalf of our suffering brethren and sistren in Missouri.

      –AJ

  11. David

    “We understand that this change may be unexpected,” Kempker said in the letter. “Rather than being detracted by the lifetime supervision requirements, you are encouraged to remain focused on your daily supervision responsibilities and to do those things that improve your life and positively impact your family and the community in which you live.”
    Or better still:
    “Don’t be distracted from your normal daily routine by the 10 foot high, razor wire-topped fence around your property and the twenty-four-hour-a-day armed guard surveillance – you can still go ahead and watch TV, do the dishes, read the newspaper. This is really no big thing. Don’t let it bother you.” – a quote from L.E. Officer Ass-wipe!!!!

  12. David

    $7.6 million per year to GPS-monitor 1,732 people. And the State gave the DOC less than 1/15th of that amount!!! Hahahahaha!!! That huge and costly law is now your problem, Missouri DOC!! (Missouri taxpayers, your legislature screwed you royally because I’d be surprised if a judge will allow the true monthly cost of $360 to be passed on to the registrants.)

  13. Civil rights first

    Are you flipping kidding me… so when does all this crap constitute punishment???
    This is so crazy

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