Sunday, June 04, 2006

GA Compulsive Legislators fall off wagon

From Barring sex offenders:

A tough new law effective July 1 may have sparked one Floyd County registered sex offender’s move to Wisconsin...

Registered sex offenders were already barred from living within 1,000 feet of a school or a park. Beginning in July, the prohibition also will include school bus stops, churches, daycare centers and other places — such as swimming pools — where minors congregate. ...

It’s too soon to gauge the effect of the new law locally. On Monday, Blanton and Cpl. Ron Morris will begin crosschecking the offenders’ addresses with the Floyd County Schools’ bus routes. ...

“We’re just starting to dig into this thing,” Blanton said. “We don’t really know what it’s going to cost us yet as far as manpower, but we’re going to take it one thing at a time.” ...

State legislators supporting the law openly stated they hoped the restrictions would force sex offenders out of the state, but some law enforcement officials fear some will simply stop reporting and try to hide. ...

Blanton said he’s ... learned some sex offenders already are going underground, mainly in metropolitan counties. ...

There also are tales of unique situations. A female sex offender in Cobb County was living in the middle of a 16-acre family-owned tract, but the edge of the property line fell within 1,000 feet of a bus stop. Rather than move, Blanton said, she had the tract subdivided to put the house on a separate lot. ...

“It’s going to be hard to predict how this will all play out until we’ve gotten into it a little more,” Blanton said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”


So, Georgia's compulsive legislators passed legislation that, as seen from earlier posts to this blog, do nothing to increase public safety but which do induce more and more sex offenders to commit crimes (even if the crime is the victimless one of not registering) and cause more to go underground, making them more dangerous because they're then cut off from work, society, stable housing and church: all factors in reducing recidivism.

And for all these negative effects without upsides -- They don't even know how much this is going to cost, except that it's going to be expensive!!

Well, these compulsive legislators were elected by the good people of Georgia, who'd better hope they have deep enough pockets to bear the costs of their legislators' addiction to passing feel-good do-nothing (or worse) legislation.

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