Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sex Offenders Restrictions Could Have Dangerous Consequences

(KCPW News) Forcing sex offenders to live 500 feet from schools, parks and public pools could have serious consequences, according to state corrections officials. A state lawmaker is proposing a law that would do just that. Sex Offender Unit Supervisor Jeremy Shaw says such restrictions can cause offenders to feel isolated, stressed and more likely to re-offend.

Shaw adds that distance restrictions also tend to drive offenders into suburban and rural areas where there are fewer law enforcement resources available to monitor them. He does estimate that there are 200 registered sex offenders currently living within one-thousand feet of schools in Salt Lake County. There are nearly seven thousand sex offenders currently on the state's registry.


"such restrictions can cause offenders to feel isolated, stressed and more likely to re-offend" -- but as long as some politician can continue to make hay over the issue, more women and children will continue to be sacrificed at the false altar of "I'm making you safer."

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