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Monday, March 25, 2013

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

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 24th, Sentencing Law & Policy Blog had a post yesterday headed "Should sex offender have to pay an annual fee for their monitoring?" It is followed by reader comments.

The post linked to this Detroit Free Press story by Alanna Durkin, also dated March 24th, headed "ACLU, other groups object to Michigan bill pushing annual sex offender fee." The article surveys what other states have done. An interesting quote from near the end:

But the ACLU also points to a ruling in Wisconsin court case earlier this year that said imposing fees on registered sex offenders, when it was not a law at the time of their conviction, is unconstitutional.

The judge wrote that "to be sure, the State has a non-punitive purpose for wanting to collect money for such a purpose, but to single out only individuals who have prior convictions for sexual assaults as the sole source of funding can only be seen as punitive."

That case is now on appeal to the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 25, 2013 11:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Government