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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

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  1. New Person

    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 the state without compensation. The state earns money off of you serving the state. Now, you are burdened to not only serve the state, but fund the service to the state so the state can keep paying those individuals to run the program as well as payment to use the software.

    Let’s look at a parallel to slavery. You work for the master without pay. Doesn’t matter which state you move to, you are technically being sold to another master. By being in service to that master, you generate an income for the master in some shape and form. The monies generated from your service to the master increases in cost to watch over you as more people are enslaved.

    You aren’t as free as the neighbors next to you who are free without any restrictions, penalties, or disabilities.

    Registrants are being mistreated like they are not free citizens after they have paid their dues. In Wyoming, they are still literally paying their dues twice over as a registrant service and for funding the program.

    The sheriff says to watch over them. Does he know the recidivism rate? Did he do his own research on the recidivism rate? Is this program worthwhile metrically?

    The SCOTUS promoted legal slavery with its 2003 decision. No compensation for the service to the state as a free person. You are banished from certain locations, living locations, or excluded from job opportunities. Even if you have a job opportunities (a service to create money for yourself), the state’s servitude comes first.

    Wait, you’re no longer in jail, probation, or parole. Why is the state even still involved? Because the SCOTUS has legally made registrants second hand citizens who are enslaved to work for free and people who generate monies from the public – parks, libraries, commerce – are allowed to put up signs that essentially say, “No registrants allowed here.” Or, in case of the Peckingham case, “No registrants allowed at the front of the web. Go to the back where there are only four websites allowed for you.”

    • Timmr

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

  2. American Detained in America

    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 to register. Of course we know they won’t be able to pay these fees, so we throw them in jail again for another six months. When they get out, we’ll put them on probation again and again charge them fees to register. Of course we know they won’t be able to pay these fees, so we throw them in jail again for another six months. When they get out, we’ll put them on probation again and again charge them fees to register. Of course we know they won’t be able to pay these fees, so we throw them in jail again for another six months. When they get out, we’ll put them on probation again and again charge them fees to register. Of course we know they won’t be able to pay these fees, so we throw them in jail again for another six months. When they get out, we’ll put them on probation again and again charge them fees to register. Of course we know they won’t be able to pay these fees, so we throw them in jail again for another six months…and we have them forever!

    • Tired of this

      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 be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back for many.

      I think every RC in WY should refuse to pay one more cent to those criminals in suits and uniforms. After all, they’ve already (supposedly) paid their debts to society. Fight them every step of the way. Make it as expensive a fight as possible.

  3. Timmr

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

  4. Agamemnon

    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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