Sex offenders will soon have to pay to be on registry

Jackson County sex offenders to be required to pay registration fee

JACKSON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - If you are a sex offender living in Jackson County, IN, you are going to have to pay a fee to maintain on the sex offender registry.

Starting in June, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will begin collecting $50 a year from sex offenders for the registry and $5 every time an offender has an address change.

Currently, there are about 75 sex offenders in Jackson County, a majority of which are sexually violent predators.

“I would say 75 percent to 80 percent are serious violent offenders,” Lt. Adam Nicholson, with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said.

Lt. Adam Nicholson with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Lt. Adam Nicholson with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Indiana law allows for a sheriff’s office to collect a fee from convicted sex offenders in order to maintain the sex offender registry, which is a condition of their sentence.

Maintaining the registry is a lot of work, according to Lt. Nicholson. He says he spends about 20 hours a week keeping the registry up-to-date -- confirming addresses, updating information, processing paperwork and traveling to homes.

Nicholson said surrounding counties like Greene, Bartholomew and Johnson Counties also collect a fee.

He doesn’t expect the fee to keep sex offenders from registering, since it is required by the state.

“I think they are used to it," Nicholson said. "They know every other county charges.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says they will be notifying sex offenders in the area of the fee.

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