By Jeff Hoard
I am sure there will always be a debate about how communities should deal with sex offenders, here I won’t offer any suggestions on that front. What I will offer in this post is the incorrect for communities to deal with sex offenders.
I believe Miami Florida has offered a real time example of exactly how an Idiocratic state would deal with sex offenders.
Over two years ago CNN reported on how new laws intended to keep sex offenders from living 2,500 feet away from places where children congregate, that effectively made it living homeless under the Julia Tuttle causeway as the only option. In 2007 when CNN printed in that story there were 5 sex offenders living under the bridge, now there are between 80 and 100.
BBC turned the Miami sex offender policy into an international story after they recently visited the bridge and spoke to a crime expert who noted that all studies indicate this is possibly the worst way to rehabilitate criminals and bring them back into society. Under these conditions the criminals on parole are more likely to re-offend and/or abscond.
Call me crazy, but forcing legions of sex offenders to live under a bridge is a pretty bad idea, the fact that this has been the norm for over 2 years in Miami is mindblowing. Because it’s taken so long for a solution to be hammered out by politicians (for starters lower the radius? perhaps?) the ACLU has decided to challenge it in the courts.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)
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