At the turn of the calendar year, it's not uncommon for a whole host of new Missouri or Illinois laws to go into effect. This year, however, Illinois residents will want to be familiar with a new restriction on some individuals subject to sex offender registration in that state.
Sexual violence should always be taken seriously. If a person is found guilty of a sexual violence crime, regardless of the specific charges, they are not only eligible for jail time, but they may also have to register with the Sex Offender Registry for life. This is a penalty that can have very serious, long-term consequences, affecting everything from employment to housing. This is also something a few St. Louis men are facing at this very moment.
It's generally known that being on the Missouri sex offender registry can interfere with employment opportunity, residential rental options and relationships with co-workers and neighbors. But in late October of each year, those subject to Missouri Sex Offender Registration are reminded of another way in which their presence on the registry changes their life.
Being on the Missouri sex offender registry is a serious impediment to living a normal life. Often, when a person subject to sex offender registration moves to a smaller community, not only are the person's new neighbors notified, but the relocation makes the local news.
Being listed on the Missouri sex offender registry undoubtedly has a lasting negative effect on a person's life. Employers may be unwilling to hire and landlords may be reluctant to rent to individuals who are required to take part in sex offender registration.
A New London, Missouri, man who was convicted of a sex crime 29 years ago has been arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
People in Missouri who are on the state's sex offender registry find it difficult to lead a normal life. Having to publicly register for crimes that may have happened decades ago can lead to difficulty finding work, harassment from neighbors and trouble when it comes to child custody issues.
Most people who serve prison time in Missouri are considered to have paid their debt to society when their term expires. This is not usually true, however, of sex offenders. Many of them must register with a state sex offender registry, which in Missouri has more than 12,000 names on it. People convicted of sex offenses have a hard time getting a job, finding a place to live -- in short, getting through life like a normal person.
A Missouri man has lost his Section 8 housing voucher because of a sexual assault conviction nearly 30 years ago. The man, now 50 years old, was convicted in 1983 when he lived in a different state. After serving time in prison, he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, and applied for Section 8 housing assistance, which is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.