Missouri requires sex offenders to register for a lifetime, with no exceptions. Other states require registrations for a specific number of years, with a lifetime registration only for high risk sex offenders. Kansas is one of at least 20 states with no sex offender residency restrictions The Columbia Missourian analyzed Missouri State Highway Patrol records of more than 2, 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. I had actual telephone calls and them telling me that they are shopping around. 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. Kansas is now home to former Missouri registrants who moved there in the past two years. John Gauntt, of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, isn't sure Kansas attracts sex offenders because of its looser requirements.
State agencies do not question offenders when they move and register in another state. Gauntt said it's up to law enforcement to know where the offenders live. In Illinois, a registration sentence is either 10 years or a lifetime. According to the unit supervisor Tracie Newton, last year Illinois removed about 1, people from the registry.
More than completed their year registration duty, some died, and offenders had their convictions modified through the courts. Out-of-state registrants' convictions are substituted for an Illinois equivalent. Before , that would determine if an offender would have to register only for 10 years instead of a lifetime in Missouri. But in , a new law meant incoming sex offenders can no longer avoid lifetime registration by crossing the state border.
Kansas closed that loophole 10 years ago. Arkansas doesn't yet have that provision, and Missouri sex offenders headed there in the past two years. The state has about 16, registered sex offenders, with many also coming from Texas and Oklahoma.