This is CLEARLY unconstitutional, and surely it will be knocked down. If you would like to email these people, see the info at the end of this post.
By Kennan Oliphant
Some say proposed ban violates civil liberties
GREENVILLE - "I'm very concerned about it, very concerned," Dr. John Graham said. He thinks the future looks bleak for the people he's trying to help. "It's going to do collateral damage that we can't even envision now."
Graham talked about the ad-hoc committee of three city council members who are researching the possibility to ban sex offenders from Greenville city limits.
"Basically we're talking about 90 percent of Greenville is off limits so all that's left is the wealthier area on the north side of town and wealthy subdivision on the east side and that's it so all of our houses, anything that we have to deal with sex offenders will be closed down."
Graham is personally invested in this fight. He runs Good Samaritan Home in Greenville, giving sex offenders a place to live while mentoring them to become productive citizens.
"We have 30,000 sex offenders in Ohio and some of them are high risk and they shouldn't be out and they're still in prison some of them are very low risk they're just kids who did something stupid."
For Fred Fair that doesn't hold weight with him. "I don't think they should be here," Fair said. He believes residents will feel safer if sex offenders weren't around. "From what I've read they, I don't know if they can be rehabilitated or not but maybe I'm too conservative but maybe they should put them someplace else, not in my backyard."
However, Melinda Crowe feels as long as they're registered and police know where they are, there shouldn't be a problem.
"I don't have a problem with them being in the city as long as they're registered and we know where they're at just simply for the safety of our children."
Graham said he understands safety concerns and said it will be compromised if offenders are pushed to the streets.
"Now they have a lifetime sentence they've become lepers and I think as a moral society we have an obligation we have to help."
The next meeting on this issue will be held Friday September 3rd at 8 AM in Greenville city hall.
Greenville City Council contact info:
- Mayor Mike Bowers - firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone# (937) 548-1482
- Nancy Myers - Auditor / Clerk of Council - email@example.com - Phone# (937) 548-4435
- Barbara Fee - Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone# (937) 548-5747
No telephone numbers were given for these council members:
- John Burkett - CC President - email@example.com
- Kathleen Floyd - 1st Ward - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Roy Harrison - 2nd Ward - Rharrison@cityofgreenville.org
- Leon Rogers - 3rd Ward - Lrogers@cityofgreenville.org
- John Baumgardner - 4th Ward - Jbaumgardner@cityofgreenville.org
- Todd Oliver - At Large - email@example.com
- Doug Schmidt - At Large - Dschmidt@cityofgreenville.org
- Tracy Tryon - At Large - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff Amick - Law Director - Phone# (937) 548-1920