With every state having its own registry, its own frequently amended and expanded rules, it’s difficult enough for registrants to keep up with what’s going on in their own state, never mind other states.
In case you missed it, here’s a gem of a ruling from Nevada that became effective on 6/5/19, that once again reaches into the wallet of registrants and also appears to give sole power over whose wallet is emptied, to the Chief of the State Board of Parole Commissioners.
Nevada Senate Bill 8: The State Board of Parole Commissioners can establish by regulation, a program of lifetime supervision of “sex offenders” to commence after any period of probation or any term of imprisonment and any period of release or parole. The program must provide for the lifetime supervision of “sex offenders” by parole and probation officers.
This bill includes most of the “standard” provisions of other state bills, distance restrictions of 500ft. from areas that are used primarily by children, schools, school bus stops, daycares, video arcades, amusement parks, playgrounds and even motion picture theaters. This bill appears to apply to Tier 3 offenders.
Here’s the “self-pay” portion of the bill that seems to add on yet another registrant fee and one that could come with a hefty price tag.
“A registrant, as deemed appropriate by the Chief, be placed under a system of active electronic monitoring that is capable of identifying his/her location and producing upon request, reports or records of his/her presence near or within a crime scene or prohibited area or his/her departure from a specified geographic area.”
“A registrant will PAY any costs associated with his/her participation under the system of active electronic monitoring (GPS ankle bracelets) to the extent of his/her ability to pay.”
The Bill continues on to state that the amendatory provisions of the act apply to those who have already begun a program of lifetime supervision as of the effective date of this act, any applicable, additional conditions of a program of lifetime supervision added by the amendatory provisions of this act apply as of 1/1/21. If a person has not yet commenced a program of lifetime supervision, the added amendatory provisions commence as of 1/1/20.
It appears that this Bill allows the Chief of the State Board of Parole Commissioners subjective discretion in deciding who he deems “appropriate” to require GPS monitoring. Seems like too much power being given to one individual if you ask me.
And, while many registrants have difficulty finding employment, the challenge is probably even greater for Tier 3 registrants. In the state of Nevada, the administrative start-up fees for electronic monitoring range from $100-$200. The daily fee for monitoring is $5-$40 per day. Who can afford that? And why should registrants pay for “after- incarceration- monitoring” that the state has deemed necessary? If the state thinks it’s necessary, let them pay for it. Haven’t registrants paid enough already?
Registrants wallets are empty. Registration fees, polygraph fees, treatment fees. We’re not talking chump change, we’re talking hundreds of dollars per year that registrants could be using to pay their rent, feed their families or keep their utilities turned on.
I wonder does the Chief’s power extend to determining the need for GPS for any other category of ex-offenders or is his/her power limited to registrants?
Wait, what was I thinking? These endless, ever-expanding, punitive bills are only for registrants.