Friday, June 30, 2006

Georgia dodges a bullet... for now

As noted in Judge Temporarily Blocks Sex Law:

A Federal Judge today temporarily blocked the state of Georgia from preventing registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of school bus stops. The law was supposed to take effect Saturday. It prohibited sex offenders from living or loitering 1,000 feet from any public place where children could be. Opponents of the law claim it is too strict and sex offenders would have a hard time staying in the state. ...

Which, as noted a couple days ago, was the whole idea. NIMBY - not in MY backyard! ("But yours, hey I'm fine with that." The finest Georgian moral character.)

... "Either move out of state of they'll have a hard time finding a place to live in Georgia," says Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland.

He's referring to the nearly 11,000 registered sex offenders living in the Peach State. 34 live in Hart County. The new law would have banned them from living or loitering 1,000 feet from any public place that children might be. ...

There's another possibility you're not looking at, Sheriff Cleveland. They go underground. Now they're isolated, in unstable situations, in knowing violation of the law, under stress -- and VERY likely to reoffend.

Creating new victims.

Is this smart?


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