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FL - Sex offender housing bans can backfire


A report from Miami in Friday's New York Times dramatically illustrates the impact of misguided attempts to protect the public with residency bans.

In 1995, Florida became the first state to enact a statewide residency ban, prohibiting sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of where children congregate. Miami Dade County later enacted a broader ban in 2005, banning sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, day-care center, park or playground Thanks to the expanded ban, 70 offenders now live under the the Julia Tuttle Causeway that links Miami to Miami Beach.

The conditions are squalid, and life under the bridge is often chaotic. But housing is so scarce that probation officers are sending offenders to live under the bridge, and at least one camper's driver's license lists Julia Tuttle Bridge as his official address. Some of the offen

Added: Jul-13-2009 Occurred On: Jul-13-2009
By: SexOffenderIssues
Tags: sex, sexual, offender, issues, sex offender, sexual offender, florida, miami, miami-dade, homeless, julia tuttle, julia tuttle causeway,
Location: Miami, Florida, United States (load item map)
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