Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Sex offenders

One of the issues that holds my attention these days is the issue of civil confinement of sexual offenders following the end of their prison term. One of the facilities that may soon house such "detainees" or "patients" or whatever term is used is the former state hospital in Ogdensburg, NY. This has brought the issue to the fore locally, hence a proposal before the city council in the Burg (as we know it in St. Lawrence Co.)to impose some new restrictions based on offender designation:

Councilman Matthew J. Flynn's proposal, unveiled in late March, would prohibit all levels of sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park, playground and/or licensed day care center in the city. The proposal would require all levels of sex offenders to register with the police department and inform them of residency movements. Failure to report could bring a fine of up to $250 or 10 days in jail.
(courtesy Watertown Daily Times, subscription required)


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