The Montana legislature seems to agree that being on the sex offender registry is punishment, for which one incorrectly placed on it would receive compensation if exonerated.

House Bill 92, created a process through which the wrongfully convicted and imprisoned can get paid $60,000 a year for each year they spent in prison and $25,000 for each additional year on parole, probation, or as a registered sex offender.

While there are some issues with the bill, for example it would require anybody seeking compensation under HB92 to waive their rights to sue (when a lawsuit could probably net more than $25K/year), but at least one state is including being on a sex offender registry as tantamount to probation.

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