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WY: Sex offender registration fees increase with proposed legislation

Sex offenders in Wyoming may face increased registration fees this July in preparation for the 2019 expiration of the grant supporting Wyoming’s sex offender registration program.

At the request of the Wyoming Attorney General’s office, legislators appointed to the Judiciary Committee from both the House and Senate worked together over the interim to propose a bill to create the sex offender registration account, which would house increased registration and reporting fees. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill with no opposition and the Appropriations Committee passed it with a 5-2 vote. The bill survived through the second reading Monday and goes through the third reading for consent Tuesday. Full Article

House Bill 0015

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So the program put in place cost a lot of money. Now the funding is gone. The registrants must now fund the whole thing. If they don’t pay it, then they are charged with a misdemeanor and a fine. Odd. I thought they already paid their fines for their punishment duties? Now, they have to burden the funding for all of this? Now they are enslaved to fund their own punishment? The cops are getting paid at the service that these registrants are forced to comply with. This is getting weirder and weirder when you think about it. You serve… Read more »

Exactly, registrant laws are knowingly or unknowingly modeled on Jim Crow. They are designed to direct you in one direction, into perpetual bondage.

Here’s a novel idea…Once a person finishes any jail or prison time, finishes probation or parole, we’ll make them register on a yearly basis, and charge them a fee for doing so. Of course, we’ll make the registry public so these people will not be able to find jobs, and probably not find housing. Then, when they aren’t able to pay these fees to register, we’ll throw them in jail for six months, making sure they lose whatever job or housing they’ve managed to find. When they get out, we’ll put them on probation again and again charge them fees… Read more »

Except they wouldn’t have me forever, if I were in the shoes of a registered citizen in WY. It wouldn’t be long before I’d simply refuse to continue playing such a rigged game. Not very long at all. After the first cycle of being thrown back in jail and released again on probation, I’d be gone before the sun came up. I’ll be surprised if there isn’t an uptick in absconding if this comes to pass, and I won’t blame them one iota. Given how indigent many of us are (thanks to these wonderful public-protecting registries), something like this will… Read more »

How did this ever pass constitutional muster? Registrants have to incriminate themselves, then pay for the privilege.

If the registry is administrative – and thus – a requirement, can’t forcing people to pay money every year for the rest of their lives AFTER their sentences are completed – or else face jail time – be considered a punishment?

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