But opponents argue that it will cost far more than that federal grant amount to comply with the rules.
A national chorus of state government groups and research institutions has raised concerns about the way the federal law treats juvenile offenders, potential constitutional conflicts and data showing sex-offender registration doesn't prevent repeat offenders. Among the skeptics is Laurie Kepros, who oversees sexual offenses for the state public defender office.
"It's just not going to be cost-effective, and does it do us any good in terms of public safety?" Kepros said.While I understand how troubling sex offenses are, my fear is that we've so diluted what constitutes a registerable offense that we're now including many offenders that don't pose a danger to the public and should not be on a registry. All we end up doing then is stigmatizing more offenders and make it even harder for them to be reintegrated into society. If they can't find a job, who do you think pays?
I think's it's also interesting that the cash strapped states are starting to realize that the strings attached to federal money often cost more than the money included in the grant. I am sure that we are liable to see more of this as states look at the true impact of accepting some of these grants.