Under "Megan's Law" convicted sex offenders must register with a state-run database
Host: John Dankosky
Guest(s): Mark Boughton, Tara Knight, David D'Amora
Contributor(s): Libby Conn, Catie Talarski
Under "Megan's Law" - convicted sex offenders must register with a state-run database. But some communities have taken this idea even further.
Cities like Danbury and Bristol have created so-called "Child Safety Zones" - which make public parks, beaches, swimming pools and recreational facilities off-limits to sex offenders. Other ordinances like this put limits on where sex offenders can live.
Meanwhile, the town of West Haven has tabled a planned Child Safety Zone law - amid legal concerns about the constitutional rights of sex offenders.
Today, Where We Live, we'll talk about whether laws like these keep children and communities safer - or whether they further punish offenders who have already served their jail time.