ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) – “I don’t like seeing people leaving an adjacent parish to come here as a sex offender because it’s more affordable, which is what I’m trying to say,” said Allen Parish Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson. It happened first in Lake Charles, then in Sulphur, a raise in sex offender registration rates. And now, Allen Parish officials say they are feeling the effects of those decisions.
“It’s not a mass exodus from Calcasieu Parish, but we’ve had a few sex offenders that came to Allen Parish and they basically voiced to our sex offender registry people who keep up with that, Lieutenant Turner, that the reason they’re leaving Calcasieu Parish is that the fees are too high,” Johnson said. Full Article
*** UPDATE Oct 9 ***
Allen Parish to raise sex offender fees
OBERLIN — The Allen Parish Police Jury has agreed to increase registration fees for convicted sex offenders living in the parish.
An ordinance adopted by the Police Jury on Monday will boost sex offenders’ registration fees from $60 to $100 annually. A one-time initial fee of $400 will be charged for newly convicted offenders and those moving into the parish for the first time. Full Article