Residency restrictions “Significantly more restrictive…gone too far”

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    • #36149 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      By Nick Ferraro . . . West St. Paul is reworking its “predatory offender” ordinance in light of a federal judge’s ruling that a convicted sex offender
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      Jeremy from Indiana

      There is one and only one reason why localities and municipalities enact residency restrictions… because if they don’t and the neighboring community does, then all of the offenders will presumably move to the less restrictive area.

      This does not and never has had anything to do with protecting children and the lawmakers know this regardless of what they say to the public. This has to do with banishing them from “their” backyard so they become someone else’s problem. This is also why the restrictions have gained more distance over the years. If a neighboring locality has 1000 ft, the lawmakers say, “Let’s make ours 1200, 1500, or 2000” in an effort to drive former offenders out.

      This is why I maintain that the only real solution to residency restrictions is to combat them on a national level. If one locality like this loses a case, they will become the least restrictive in a specific geographical location. They can then complain of it being “attractive” to former offenders. If we eliminate them on the national level though, this will cease to be a problem because no offender will move.

      • #36424 Reply

        Correct jeremy !!!

        To think it’s just fine to nibble here and there in the courts against all these sex offender laws will get us nothing but a very long hard haul !,,let’s get all the RCs and there allies together and get things done now !!!

        • #37261 Reply
          Will Crump

          Well, that call to action is all good, well and fine. I agree totally that something needs to be done on a national level. I have just one question. How can that be done when most of us, like myself, can’t even get a job due to our convictions and the plethora of work restrictions. To do something takes money. When one doesn’t have money one has to hope a lawyer can be found who is so invested in fighting ALL FORMS OF GOVERNMENT-BACKED INJUSTICE that they will donate the hours upon hours of time needed to fight this, the fortitude to withstand the blackballing of his or her name and the slander and threats that will be sure to follow.

          Here in Tennessee, the TN chapter of the ACLU has proven about as useful as teats on a boar hog in times past when it comes to sex offender issues. Their stance is we’re going in beaten so we won’t even waste a single cent or minute of our time trying.

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