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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… Read more »

It’s almost like the system is intentionally designed to easily trip us up to keep us in the criminal justice system. But surely I’m just being paranoid, because it’s no different than a Price Club membership.

When it comes time to challenge the registry again we may have to cut down the Amazon to get enough paper to list all of the evidence showing that it is punishment.

All the books sold by in a year wouldn’t be able to hold all the punishments that registrants are threatened by.

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.

Extortion. Exactly. “Give me $ or I’ll take you and put in a cage.” That could be kidnapping too.

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.

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