New Bill Aimed At Charging Sex Offenders Annual Fees

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LANSING, Mich- A bill is making its way through Lansing that would require registered sex offenders to pay an annual fee to maintain the state’s registry.

According to a news release sent Thursday, Senate Bill 221, which is sponsored by Senator Rick Jones has passed the Michigan Senate and is awaiting Governor Snyder’s signature.

According to Jones, the current cost of maintaining Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry is paid for by a one-time $50 registration¬†for offenders. However, with many of those people registering for 25 years to life, Jones says we’re missing out on some much needed funds.

During the past five years, he says that those one-time fees have only paid for about ten percent of the operating costs for the registry. Because of that gap in funding, Jones claims that money is being taken from services like additional police officers on the streets.

Right now, there are other states that require sex offenders to pay an annual fine, including Illinois and Ohio who charge $100 a year. So far, there’s no word on how much the fee would be here in Michigan.

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9 comments

  • Lou

    Isn't this supposed to be paid for already by taxes? Otherwise, we should switch all government services to "pay as you go." I don't want to pay for the fire department until I use it. I don't want to pay the police until I need them. But that's not how it works.
    The Sex Offender Registry is there for the use and benefit of the general public, so the general public should pay for it—which includes those on the registry—through the taxes they pay.
    Plus, how is it fair to start charging the criminals for a crime after the fact and (in some cases) years after they were sentenced for their crime? Heck, the state could make a lot of money by going back and charging every person ever convicted of any crime a $100 fee…
    Just another government money grab.

  • Ginger

    If these offenders can't pay they're not going to register I prefer making it as easy as possible for them to register every year. Plus I don't feel it's right to make them have to pay over and over for a crime they already paid for.

  • billy

    Charge them put the butts on chain gangs and have them work fixing the roads 12 hours a day that way you know where they are and they will be to tired to even think about raping another Human Being especially a child.
    The Government is trying to be in everyone's life more and more everyday and these new rules or laws they are coming up with really get me.
    They now want to start writing tickets for people smoking in a vehicle with children in the car fine.That said then I want a LAW PASSED RIGHT NOW THAT IF YOU ARE ON A CELL PHONE TALKING OR TEXTING OR USING THE INTERNET THAT YOU ARE PULLED OVER AND A TICKET BE WROTE AS YOU ARE PUTTING ME AND EVERYONE ELSE AT RISK.LETS NOT WORRY WHAT A CIGARETTE WILL DO AS CELL PHONES HAVE TAKEN HOW MANY LIFE'S? THESE OFFENDERS SHOULD NEVER EVER WALK THE STREETS AGAIN ROB A BANK YOU SERVE MORE TIME THEN A SEX OFFENDER GETS!YOU RAPE ANYONE YOU ROB THEM OF THEIR LIFE FOREVER!!

    • George

      Oh but we can't do thaaaat…
      We need to treat criminals with tenderness and political correctness-

      Did you know there in California its ILLEGAL to ask someone if they are a felon or consider that fact when hiring them..

      Yup- Governor Moonbeam signed the bill into law last month.

      Criminals are the newest protected class under "hope and change"

    • Jan F

      Governor Snyder's objectives For The New Sex Offender Registry Objectives Clearly violates the 8th amendment which states "The government cannot require excessive bail or fines, or any cruel and unusual punishment". This amendment prohibits excessive fines and bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishments. The phrase “cruel and unusual punishments” first appeared in the English Bill of Rights. In colonial America, the British often employed branding, whipping, public humiliation and extremely long prison sentences for minor offenses. The Founders believed that justice requires that even those people found guilty of crimes be protected from this kind of treatment. James Wilson lectured on justice and punishments, saying in 1791, “A nation [that tolerates] cruel punishments becomes dastardly and contemptible. For in nations, as well as individuals, cruelty is always attended by cowardice.” He argued that punishments should be swift, certain, and moderate in order to be effective and prevent further crime. Governor Snyder's IS in violation of this 8th amendment thus when he signed this bill he is signing “cruel and unusual punishments”, & is going against this amendment which prohibits excessive fines and bail and by signing this bill Governor Snyder is changing the word prohibit to the word permit excessive fines and bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishments for all sex offenders. This includes all of the states here not just Michigan. Governor Snyder is a person who is dastardly and contemptible as well as all of surrounding states in the USA. What type of nation have we become here? The Governor cannot make his own amendments up here and this is what he is doing… The word is that Governor Snyder will be running for office again & it is time to VOTE NO FOR Snyder 100%, possiably seek impeachment! Honestly

  • Tracy

    Better yet make it a law that everyone convicted of a rape of any kind is sent to prison no matter what and the before they can be paroled they must allow the state they live in to insert a chip into them and make them pay to be monitored for the rest of their life's.people will cry that it is unfair well they did not care when they destroyed another humans life.I have no use for anyone that rapes anyone it is the worst thing anyone can do to another human as even with murder the victim does not suffer the rest of their life.Hate me if you want I really don't care there is no reason in the world anyone should rape another they say of they have a sickness no cancer ,the flu is a sickness rape is just someone not caring about another human being so why should we feel sorry for them.If they were to insert a tracking device in them then they would know where they were anytime they wanted.People would talk about rights they give up part of their rights .

  • Jan F

    Governor Snyder's objectives For The New Sex Offender Registry Objectives Clearly violates the 8th amendment which states "The government cannot require excessive bail or fines, or any cruel and unusual punishment". This amendment prohibits excessive fines and bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishments. The phrase “cruel and unusual punishments” first appeared in the English Bill of Rights. In colonial America, the British often employed branding, whipping, public humiliation and extremely long prison sentences for minor offenses. The Founders believed that justice requires that even those people found guilty of crimes be protected from this kind of treatment. James Wilson lectured on justice and punishments, saying in 1791, “A nation [that tolerates] cruel punishments becomes dastardly and contemptible. For in nations, as well as individuals, cruelty is always attended by cowardice.” He argued that punishments should be swift, certain, and moderate in order to be effective and prevent further crime. Governor Snyder's IS in violation of this 8th amendment thus when he signed this bill he is signing “cruel and unusual punishments”, & is going against this amendment which prohibits excessive fines and bail and by signing this bill Governor Snyder is changing the word prohibit to the word permit excessive fines and bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishments for all sex offenders. This includes all of the states here not just Michigan. Governor Snyder is a person who is dastardly and contemptible as well as all of surrounding states in the USA. What type of nation have we become here? The Governor cannot make his own amendments up here and this is what he is doing… The word is that Governor Snyder will be running for office again & it is time to VOTE NO FOR Snyder 100%, possiably seek impeachment! Honestly; do you want a Governor running your state who forgot to tell the general public about the missing 1.4 million dollars from fees collected from sex offenders, as well as a person who is dastardly and contemptible individual. Governor Snyder is trying to make a profit off of sex offender and that is why he has not told the general public about the other 1.4 million dollars that will come out of the pockets of sex offenders. Those who think sex offenders should pay for something that goes against the 8th amendment are wrong. The Sex Offenders New Bill needs to cease as well as the registry which both go against this 8th amendment. I am against the sex offender registry as well as the new yearly fee that sex offenders must pay. In the sense I am saying to the Governor stop being dastardly and contemptible and breaking the 8th amendment!