Missouri’s tough treatment of sex offenders living outside of prison is sending hundreds of the offenders to neighboring states, where laws are not as stringent. Missouri requires sex offenders to register for a lifetime, sex offender maps oklahoma no exceptions.
Other states require registrations for a specific number of years, with a lifetime registration only for high risk sex offenders. The Columbia Missourian analyzed Missouri State Highway Patrol records of more than 2,500 offenders who moved out of the state in the past two years. Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas are the top destinations for sex offenders. Almost three dozen sex offenders moved to Mexico, which has no national sex offender registry. Sex offenders do shop around,” said Paula Stitz, who runs the State Sex Offender Registry for the Arkansas Crime Information Center. It’s been my experience and the experience of other state-level managers. I had actual telephone calls and them telling me that they are shopping around.
Last year, as part of an overhaul of Missouri’s criminal statutes, Rep. Charles, sponsored a bill that included a minimum registration requirement of 15 years, followed by 25 years, with lifetime registration only for high-risk offenders — the same registration tiers as Kansas. The bill died but a similar bill passed the House this session and is headed to the Senate. Kansas is one of at least 20 states with no sex offender residency restrictions unless on probation or parole.