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LA: Council moves forward with raising fees for convicted sex offenders

Sulphur, LA – Currently, any convicted sex offender who moves into the city pays a $60 fee for their initial registration. That same amount is charged for the annual renewals of those already living in Sulphur. If passed, the new ordinance, according to Councilman Stuart Moss, would make the initial registration $600 and the annual renewal fee $200. Full Article

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Someone should challenge ANY fee for registration. They can’t REQUIRE you to register, yet if you refuse to pay a fee, deny you the ability to register — and then arrest you for not registering. Surely requiring a fee is just as punitive as fining you; if a fine is punitive how can a fee not be punitive? There was another mention on the site recently about another place that also charged a fee for registering. I would think it also would be unfair to all the other municipalities in the state — as such a fee clearly will cause… Read more »

I am against anything doing with “Forever Fees.” First off once punishment is completed no fees can be asserted by the law, anything after that is the burden of the justice department (state, city, federal). They accepted the responsibility of making laws and registration, therefore they should accept paying the financial burdens.. You don’t see “Fees” placed on arsonists and drug registrants… enuf said….

What would it take to get this labeled as “Taxation without representation?” Also, has anyone ever considered what happens for someone who cannot afford to pay this, whether from being unemployed, trying to support a family, etc? And what if someone is homeless and having to register every month? Are they really going to be expected to pay $200 per month when they are homeless??? One of the lines that showed how ridiculous this is was “the offender should bear the burden of the extra cost for compliance checks.” Unless I don’t know something about Louisiana law, compliance checks are… Read more »

The proposal calls for an annual fee, not one that is due at every registration visit if that is required in excess of one per year. Regardless, a FEE is something you elect to pay in exchange for a service or license. Like my car registration, Price Club membership (!) or drivers license. A required payment due to a past criminal offense, failure / refusal of which to pay being subject to criminal prosecution, is a FINE and as such a PUNISHMENT – as handed down at sentencing. Any FINE imposed outside / after sentencing is EX POST FACTO and,… Read more »

Moss stated that with the Sulphur Police Department moving toward their own monitoring program for sex offenders, there will be added costs to the department for such items as training, equipment, and overtime hours worked, among other expenses. In his opinion, the offender should bear the burden of the extra cost for compliance checks, not the taxpayer. “I’m trying to make sure they are doing what needs to be done. Our officers are supposed to be out there checking on them, and we don’t have that in place,” said Moss. “We need to do this. We need to be proactive.”… Read more »

The public wants – no, demands – the registry. The public should pay for it. End of story.

The article reads like a Smokey and the Bandit movie script with the southern drawl speak like Buford T Justice (Jackie Gleason)…………it works in a movie NOT real life….someones nitwit idea to fee will cost their taxpayers millions a dollars and should cause to end present listed off……get er done.

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