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Ohio RSOL, NARSOL advocate challenges sex offender residency restrictions expansion

By Beth Mlady . . . Advocate Barbara Wright opposes Brook Park City Council’s intention to further limit where registered offenders can live. The Brook Park ordinance under consideration adds parks to vicinity restrictions and also prohibits two sex offenders from living together in the same residential dwelling.

A member of advocacy groups Ohio Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) and the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), Wright sent a lengthy Sept. 24 e-mail to cleveland.com and Brook Park Law Director Carol Dillon Horvath.

“I am writing to challenge those restrictions as a violation of Brook Park’s home rule authority,” Wright wrote. “Brook Park is proposing restrictions which exceed Ohio law prohibiting residents from living within 1,000 feet of any school, preschool or daycare center. Ohio RSOL is in the process of identifying plaintiffs to challenge similar restrictions in Cuyahoga County.”

When contacted by cleveland.com, Wright would not provide further comment.

She maintains in her e-mail, however, that the U.S. Department of Justice reports “residency restrictions do not protect society,” and she asserted “non-registered residents of Brook Park are nine times more likely to commit sex crimes than registered residents.”

“The Brook Park ordinance will do absolutely nothing to prevent the majority of sex crimes from occurring, and may even lead residents to a false sense of security, thereby allowing them to ‘let their guard down,'” Wright indicated. “Vigilance starts at home, not in public parks and playgrounds.”

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This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Invisable 2 weeks, 2 days ago.

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  • #47119 Reply

    Saddles

    Did all this start with Roe vs Wade or discrimination of housing because of branding one or labeling one or are we a horse with no name? And whats wrong with two sex offenders living together. Would it be any different thant two gays or lesbians living together if you really want to know the truth.Talk about fair housing.
    I guess authorities today can tell a person were they can live today as they wield the iron fist or glove today. I wonder who wields the iron fist today – is it still ‘We the People” or is it the Me2 movement or some justice radicals, or is it the democrat or republican big chief surprise. I guess prisoners in there own world have no say. Does the sex offender stand up in the status of life or stand down and is looked over and less or a contribution to society when at the same time they will go to unethically means to snare one in this ordeal to prove that they are top dog.

    Ah but here’s the light bulb that comes on, They were looking at kids on the computer or they did somehting inapproate to kids, or we enticed them on the computer in our pretend game of catch and snag. So where is truth, in some bible that some say they have read if from cover to cover or some forgineness that police don’t even understand when they show their vain glory or conquest. So where is human dignity today?

    Seems one group can’t get along with the other today and that creates antagonism today in American society. Human relations is human relations. Did we not see some of this with this political wave of an upper crust nature. Should we all say you reap what you sow or who’s doing the sowing today.

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    Invisable

    How can city’s and munisapalities, pass this unconstitutional laws, since ordinances are NOT LAWS, and they certainly are NOT BINDING PUBLIC LAWS. Ordinances ONLY apply to city employees and employers NOT the general public. The ONLY ones allowed to pass so called laws are the state legislatures.

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