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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Allen County to begin charging convicted sex offenders an annual fee to register their addresses

Vivian Sade had this initial report in the Feb. 21st Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:

A state law enacted four years ago allows counties to set up their own policies and charge a maximum of $50 a year for registration and $5 for each change of address, Commissioner Therese Brown said Wednesday.

The new administrative fund will allow the Allen County Sheriff’s Department to retain and use 90 percent of the money, while 10 percent will go to the state, Brown said.

In 2012, that 90 percent would have amounted to about $21,000 for 441 registered sex offenders, Sheriff Ken Fries said.

Fries said his department has three full-time employees who deal with tracking and registering convicted sex offenders. In Indiana, convicted sex offenders must register for either 10 years or life.

“The fees would help recover some of the costs, and why shouldn’t those guys help pay?” Fries said.

A story Feb. 23rd confirms that "Sex offenders in Allen County will have to pay an annual fee to register their addresses starting April 1."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 24, 2013 08:09 AM
Posted to Indiana Government