Kansas tracks ex-convicts like no other state, but lawmakers wonder if they’ve gone too far

New legislation would scale back penalties for not following registry rules. Offenders say registry is a 'scarlet letter' that makes it harder to find work.

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February 19, 2020 - 9:47 AM

A state website shows all the registered offenders within one mile of the Kansas Statehouse. Photo by SCREENSHOT FROM THE KANSAS BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS' WEBSITE

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas is unmatched in its tracking of ex-convicts, resulting in more than 21,000 people convicted of sex, drug or violent crimes being registered on a public database.

One of them is Marc Schultz, who was convicted of manslaughter for hitting and killing a cyclist while driving drunk in 2010.

“I will forever live with the burden of taking a man’s life for a decision that I made,” Schultz said Monday. “But I didn’t intend for this to happen.”

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