Saturday, April 15, 2006

If it ain't broke . . .

Editorial in the Orlando Sentinel:


"Deltona commissioners are considering following the lead of Florida cities that have restricted where sex offenders can live.
But Deltona already is ahead of the pack with a more effective system. A deputy sheriff shows up unannounced at the home of each offender in the city at least once a week. Sheriff's officials say it's working well.

So if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Close monitoring is a more sensible approach than setting up buffer zones that can force sex offenders underground and discourage them from registering. That just makes them tougher to track and increases the risk to potential victims.

Restricting where sex offenders can live may sound like a good idea to worried parents, but it creates more problems than it solves."


Sounds like Deltona has a potentially expensive and in-your-face program that will ultimately also be counter-productive.

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