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Maine: Sex offender restriction zones prove controversial for city council

LEWISTON — An ordinance aimed at restricting where convicted sex offenders are allowed to live split the City Council on Tuesday, and was ultimately tabled.

The council sought more time to make the decision after hearing arguments from local law enforcement, which drafted the ordinance, as well as testimony from residents and local organizations who believe the restrictions aren’t necessary and could create unintended consequences.

The proposed restrictions, which already exist in other Maine communities, including Auburn, are meant to prohibit known offenders from residing in areas of the city with “significant concentrations” of children – mainly near public schools and parks. (Source)