Last Modified: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 9:25 PM
KINDER — Officials here agreed Monday to raise the registration fees for sex offenders and child predators living or moving into the town.
An ordinance unanimously adopted by the council increases a one-time initial registration fee from $60 to $400 for newly convicted offenders and those moving into the town. The annual renewal fee will also increase from $60 to $100 for all offenders.
The fees are the same set by the Allen Parish Police Jury last month and similar to recent increases imposed by Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake and other municipalities. Reeves is considering adopting a similar fee structure, according to town attorney Michael Holmes.
State law sets the annual fee at $60, but allows municipalities to increase the costs for monitoring, tracking and other services.
“The goal of the ordinance is to actually collect enough registration fees and renewal fees to cover the anticipated costs of registering and monitoring these individuals,” Holmes said.
If the Police Department reports that it is costing more to track and monitor the offenders in the future, the council may consider increasing the fees again, he said.
About 40 registered sex offenders live in Allen Parish. Of those fewer than a dozen live in Kinder.
Under the measure, offenders would face misdemeanor charges and a $500 fine for failure to pay the fee. Additional penalties ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 could also be charged for those providing false information, failing to notify officials of an address change and failing to notify the community of their residence.
The state requires sex offenders to register with the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry, update their information more often and provide officials with new details of their whereabouts.
The offenders have three levels of registration periods — 15 years, 25 years and lifetime — depending on the severity of the offense committed.
Posted By: Cindy Tatum On: 11/11/2013
When you have most offenders that cannot hold down a job and they have only one source of income. How does the state intend to get money out of them. Oh wait I see if their spouse has a decent enough job to pay for them that is how you get your money.. But you forget the spouses or signaficant others that are working he or she has other things to pay for than Some other fee that the state is going to tack on you
Posted By: Freedom America On: 11/11/2013
There is nothing safe about pushing people out into the streets, humiliating them, keeping them from getting a job, and backing them into a corner. They can raise the fee all they like but if you can't get money from air. If they don't have it (and most don't), they don't have it. If they want the registry to pay for itself, then stop registering bunches of people who are no threat whatsoever or unlikely to do it again. Try using your heads. That's that thing three feet above your asses!
Posted By: FRegistryTerrorists On: 11/11/2013
Title: Pure Theft
Pure theft by a criminal regime. They can't be sued often enough.
Posted By: Jean On: 11/11/2013
Title: Outrageous Fees
The reason for the increase in fees is not for monitoring but a way to push sex offensers out of the county. Most offenders can find employment, so have to live on social programs. You can't collect what can't afford to be paid. So. Now these offenders are homeless wandering the streets and harder to track. The more offenders you have to track, the harder it becomes to track the ones more likely to reoffend (only 5% of the population ever reoffend).
This isn't done with any other crime. No one else is continually punished well after they served their time. Even those convicted of murder are not subjected to the same BS that registrants have to endure.
Posted By: VIcki Henry On: 11/10/2013
Title: Laughable Fees
This is laughable! The Justice Department and Congress had this revelation that you needed a registry hence, Pres. Bush signed the AWA and Title 1 of the act is SORNA where the states were told either do what we say or we will take away 10% of your Byrne Fund Grant money. Of course, they didn't bother to fund the AWA. Here is the hysterical part..registrants can't get a job because business owners don't want their place of business on the registry,and some can't even get a place to live if there are restrictions....but, now you want to charge this amount of money OR THE PENALTY will be $500 and a fine... I will be contacting the LA ACLU as well as some local activist groups to talk about filing a lawsuit.
Oh, and there is absolutely NO empirical evidence indicating a need for a registry. There are over 751,538 men, women and children (as young as 8 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone18 years old or younger, playing doctor, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, prostitution, endangering the welfare of a child and many others.
If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 2,500,000 wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a good support system.
Vicki Henry, Women Against Registry
Posted By: FRegistryTerrorists On: 11/10/2013
Title: Sue Them
This is pure theft by a criminal regime. They deserve no respect at all. They should be sued as often a possible.
Where are the rest of the Registries? I thought this was for "public safety".