Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hudson Council debating residential restrictions on sex offenders

The city of Hudson, WI, is currently considering an ordinance that would put severe restrictions on where a sexual offender may live – before a decision is made, be aware that there are two sides to the argument.

The proposed ordinance would essentially bar a registered sex offender from living anywhere in the city. It prevents offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of schools, libraries, parks and playgrounds and within 1,000 feet of school bus stops, churches and other places where children congregate.
Corrections Secretary Matt Frank was in Hudson last week and expressed concern over the type of legislation the council is considering.

Frank was proud of the fact that 88 percent of sex offenders in Wisconsin are registered. His argument is that if we know who the sex offenders are, law enforcement and neighborhoods can deal with the issue from a position of knowledge and power. He said there are 18,500 registered sex offenders in the state and the list grows by 100 each month – he believes it is best to know where these people live. [snip] Hudson Star Observer

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