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MO: Area Counties to Charge for Sex Offender Registration

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Sheriff’s departments from nine counties across northwest Missouri will be taking advantage of a law allowing them to charge sex offenders for maintaining the Sex Offender Registry program.

Representatives from four of those counties met at the Buchanan County Sheriff’s office Monday to talk about the charges. Full Article

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Mandating a fee is punitive not regulatory. Here lies the problem. If a fee is mandatory then the choice to not register should be given. Why? Well, it is mandatory to register your car if you are to drive it, but it is the individual’s choice to have a car. The registrant is not afforded the choice so it can be nothing but punitive which makes it ex post facto thereby making the act of registering a punitive measure and unconstitutional. The registry by it’s nature is punitive and does break Constitutional law. That truth in time will be proven.… Read more »

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