Wasteful Costs Related to Charges of
Failure to Comply with a Registry Law -OR- Failure to Register
The graphic above shows, pictorially, examples of things that are happening in the world of sex offender laws, in states shown, and very likely others! Are "Failure to Register," "Failure to update information" and "Other registry technical violations" synonymous? If so, are the penalties for violating them reasonable or wasteful, or worse a manifest injustice?
High MICHIGAN Registry & Prison Costs Caused By:
Improper Handling of Deceased Persons' Registry Records /
Improper Inclusion of Incarcerated Persons' Records /
Questionably Reported Statistics /
Insane Criminal Charge for Failure (Forgetting) to SIGN a Form:
Number of people on the registry: Deceased Individuals: "individuals who are deceased are removed from the PSOR following the submission of a death certificate." Sounds logical? What happens when someone lives alone and has no family? Its hard to expect a dead person to submit a death certificate or even obtain one! They stay on the registry which bloats the registry. Are other states like this?
Sex offenders who are incarcerated: Here is something which is hard to see. anyone convicted of a sex offense who has been incarcerated, is automatically listed on the registry, and through an option, the general public can see who these folks are. They are not in the public so why put them on the registry? Your guess is as good as mine. Now there is a cost to maintain these records? Yup, and folks in prison might be there for 5-10-20-30 years before being released. While I do not know what the cost of maintaining a registry record is, lets say $.01 per day, $3.65 per year, $36.50 for 10 years and so on, get the picture? BTW: The costs for prison are shown below.
Fail to sign a form: Look closely at the pic below, a mere "Fail to sign a registration, notification, or verification form," makes some subject to arrest. Is the registrant guilty of anything? When someone registers or verifies their information, it is in front of a Registering Official. Wouldn't you think it mandatory that such official check what is being submitted AT THAT MOMENT? No, they wait till the registrant leaves then charges him/her with a crime. Justice or Entrapment?
Costs attached to above examples:Above are two examples, do you think there are costs attached to these? Yup, registry maintenance costs (The US Dep't of Justice issues grants annually for such costs) and Michigan also charges registrants a one time fee of $50.00 (Up from $35.00 in 2011) for maintaining the registry system. Profiteering? Your guess is as good as mine.
Now lets see what the public pays through their taxes, arrest someone, and there is the cost of jail, prosecution, and if the person goes to prison, that cost as well.
In 2008: It estimated states spent a record $51.7 billion on corrections in fiscal year 2008 and incarcerating one inmate cost them, on average, $29,000 a year. But the average annual cost of managing an offender through probation was $1,250 and through parole $2,750.Is it worth this to taxpayers for someone who forgot to sign a form? Only a idiot would say yes, but we have idiots in high places whose only goal is self-serving, make me (Lawmaker) look good!
BTW: Given many on the registry, and many do not have jobs because they have been legislatively prohibited from working, who do you think pays these bills? Right, the public. So when you hear that politician claiming s/he is going to protect the public with some new law, start asking questions? Or do not vote for them!
Troop leaders keep eye on scouts after sex offender spotted mingling among them 1-21-2012 North Carolina:
North Carolina Registry Crimes and Penalties: Pages 27-29 Registry FAQ
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