City council says, “No” ; NARSOL says, “Yes”

By Lenore Skenazy . . . The daughter of a bedridden, dying 79-year-old man asked for permission to care for him at home. This request was denied by the city council of Shenandoah, since the man is on the sex offender registry. Registrants must live at least 1,000 feet from playgrounds.

The daughter’s home is 894 feet from a toddler park.

“The city council voted not to have any exceptions,” City Attorney William Ferebee tells Reason.            . . . 

While my reading of the Texas bill regarding registries seems to require that towns “establish procedures for a registered sex offender to apply for an exemption from the ordinance,” that option was not provided in Shenandoah. The chief of police, Troye Dunlap, was not eager to take on the exemption-granting role.

“My opinion is no exceptions should be made,” Dunlap tells Reason. “If something were to happen, then it falls on me.”        . . . 

According to Sandy Rozek, communications director of the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), multiple studies find no correlation between residency restrictions and protecting children.

“Here is a man with zero risk of harming a child, who wants to be with those he loves as he prepares to die,” says Rozek. “To deny him this is heartless, cruel, and inhumane.”

Read the full piece here at Reason.

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  1. Screwed over

    The only thing any politician thinks.about is there re election. As long as the majority of ppl believe the bull the media and politicians spew about sex offenders the we will all be treated like garbage.

  2. mut

    i smell a rat, in vegas.
    decriminalization of traffick offenses — because, following sorna, a prior conviction now satisfies the probable cause requirement for detention and/or servitude beyond that allowed by terry v. ohio ? very convenient for hotrod politicians i think.