If you have ever served time for a Missouri sex crime, you may wonder how much of an effect your conviction might have on your life moving forward. This depends, at least to some extent, on whether you must register with the state as a sex offender. Doing so can considerably limit your freedoms in your day-to-day life, and it also has the potential to affect everything from where you can live and work to with whom you can spend time. On the flip side, failing to register as a sex offender can have serious repercussions, too, so it is important to be able to determine whether it is a step you need to take.
Being convicted of a sexual offense in Missouri can result in penalties beyond jail time, including the requirement to register as a sex offender. The kinds of convictions for which a person must register include kidnapping, sexual assault, promoting prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.
In theory, the American justice system contains a commitment to rehabilitation. If that is so, then someone who has served the sentence should be allowed a chance to rebuild his or her life - not be sanctioned indefinitely.
It's been a few months since we've written about the lively debate about possible revisions to the Missouri Sex Offender Registry. As we discussed in our April 30 post, several proposals have been made, including one that would open up the right to any offender to file a petition for removal, if the petition was supported by appropriate risk assessments.
No matter what type of tool is used, trying to do too much with it can be counterproductive. That is why the current legislative proposals to be more selective about who gets placed on the Missouri Sex Offender Registry have gained support from a number of different groups. Those groups range from law enforcement authorities to advocates for victims of crime.
This is the time of year when many state legislatures seek to finish any remaining work. There are always many issues in play.