KS: Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office oversees nearly 900 registered offenders in community

Shawnee County sheriff’s detective Dustin Carlat leads the offender registration unit that oversees nearly 900 people in the community who are registered as violent, sex or drug offenders. Full Article

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From the article:
“The whole purpose of this unit and the legislation is to inform the public of the existence of the offenders in this area,” Carlat said.

Kansas law has required registration since April 1994. At that time, the information wasn’t subject to public disclosure, but amendments since then have made registration public and increased requirements for compliance with the law.

That’s odd. The purpose is to inform the public? Isn’t that pushing the registry as opposed to people going to the registry? This contradicts what 2003 Smith v Doe had intimately stated. The article also reveals the evolution. The penalties just keep adding on.

And why was it made public? Because the 2003 Smith v Doe decision stated the recidivism rate was “frightening and high” with a rate of 80%. That made all registrants incapable of controlling themselves and the need to be controlled as they are a public threat to society to re-offend consistently.

But please do note how the unit works. The registrant was working. Did the unit call to inform that man he needs to register? It’s a civil regulation and the unit already knew where the man was. So why not be civic and tell the man that if he wants to keep working, then he needs to register. Instead, they wait and pounce. He wasn’t selling drugs. He wasn’t trying to do any criminal act… besides failing to register within three days and law enforcement just waited. This is a civil, regulatory scheme, right?

Again I ask, “HOW can someone be forced to pay a ‘fee’ to register unless that was ordered by the sentencing court?”

In reality, these become retroactive fines. This is extortion.

The argument needs to be made that the registry (AWA, Megan’s Law or any iteration) simply does NOT minimize risk. it’s NOT a “valuable” public safety tool either. This sheriff’s mindset is out of touch and oblivious. This sheriff’s “public safety” propaganda and rhetoric is typical of all nationwide.