The population of high risk sex offenders has spiked in parts of Boston. Now the city faces a dilemma about integrating sex offenders into the community without compromising the safety of local residents. Sex offenders freed from jail are not eligible for Section 8 housing. For many, the only destination is the homeless shelter. And with loopholes in the law allowing sex offenders to legally declare residency at homeless shelters without actually staying there-- an untold number of high risk sex offenders are roaming the city’s streets.
Joining us today to talk through sticky situation are Carlos Cuevas, professor at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Lyndia Downie, President of the Pine Street Inn, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, and Kate Vander Wiede, managing editor of The South End News.
We want you to weigh in on this: 877-301-8970. What would you do if you found out a high level sex offender moved into your neighborhood? Do you think the person has the right to a second chance? To move back into the community? Would you like them have longer and harsher prison sentences?