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FL: Tent camp of homeless sex offenders near Hialeah ‘has got to close,’ county says

Seven years after Miami-Dade County shut down a camp housing about 100 homeless sex offenders under a bridge in Miami, it’s now trying to deal with an encampment on the outskirts of Hialeah that has almost three times as many residents registered to live there. Full Article

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  1. Eric

    This should be quite east to resolve: ease the residency restrictions and the public registry. Criminal cases should be evaluated on a case by case basis. If a person has done an act that warrants being restricted from an area then that is that case. But as it stands, all SO are treated as kidnappers and rapists. That is the problem, and it simply isn’t so, and most SO’s never reoffend. The absurd overreaction has created this problem.

  2. Registry Rage

    The only thing that needs to close are Ron and Lauren Book’s mouths.

  3. A Book COI

    This is a conflict of interest where Ron is concerned. He creates these issues and enforces them to benefit his organization as I see it because his organization can help solve the issues he creates! This is a self licking ice cream cone! He gets his daughter involved too because she can help the licking from the state legislature!

  4. Tired of this

    Lawmakers of Floriduh don’t seem to grasp the concept of cause and effect. They didn’t learn a thing the first time around, after the Miami causeway fiasco. The fact that homeless RSO camps exist at all is a symptom, not the problem. It’s no different than addressing only the symptoms of an illness or disease rather than the underlying causes.

    I gotta say though, I believe stories like this will actually help our cause in the long run. Please, Floriduh, do continue demonstrating how ridiculous, inhumane, and poorly conceived residency/presence restrictions (and ultimately, registration laws in general) are.

  5. Q

    Lauren’s kids is a 501c3, which means she can beg for money from her moneyed Florida co conspirators. One has to consider a conflict of interest because her father, Ronald Book, the ‘powerful’ head of Miami-Dade’s homeless board is obviously well connected in the stupid state, has done intense and extensive lobbying for restrictive laws against sex offenders, and I think Laurens kids owe their very existence to the position of Lauren Book’s father. l’ll bet dollars to dimes many moneyed people, companies and institutions donate to Laurens kids to retain the favor of her father. And why not? It’s a tax write off and who cares about sex offenders in Florida anyway? She reminds me of a mini me Hillary Clinton; evil and with no problem harming great numbers of people to profit and make herself look good at the expense of others. I wonder how much money really goes to her stated cause. This is just one more example of a parasitic organization that owes it’s existence, and it’s it’s continued existence to keeping the public misinformed about how “dangerous” and likely to re-offend sex offenders are. This is a veritable Berlin Wall against progress and enlightenment in regards to the draconian Florida mind set when it comes to sex offender laws. Lauren’s kids kind of reminds me of Crime Victims United in California.

  6. Chris F

    Umm…reading the last paragraph…so how does sex offenders sleeping 2500 feet from a school, daycare, or park help a particular state interest?

    Was there a rash of sleep walking sex offenders attacking a night school that for some reason had children there overnight? Or were the sleep walking sex offenders attacking runaway children that were sleeping on park benches?

    I’m really trying to see how a judge bought into this one, or was the ACLU’s challenge that weak?

    • Timmr of Transilvania

      Um, don’t you know, we all hate the sun, and for some reason the wings we grow at night will not carry us farther than 2500 feet from our crypts. Magical. Maybe all the kids should wear garlic around their necks, too.

      • Q

        timmr, I didn’t know you moved to Transylvania.

        • Timmr

          I had to get out of this country. It’s full of Lycanthropes posing as victims.

    • Harry

      “…or was the ACLU’s challenge that weak?” ACLU only chases the money and RCs do not have any money.

      • AJ

        @Harry:
        Please explain how ACLU is chasing money. My understanding of the ACLU and how it is funded seems contrary to yours.

  7. T

    This should be a human rights case, because these registrants that have done nothing wrong but are being pushed further into destitute and have nothing, and there’s political corruption.

  8. Harry

    These Books need to close and go.

  9. AJ

    I agree with Tired of this, and feel this type of media attention will only help any Snyder arguments for us. This situation appears to be exceedingly worse than the Grand Rapids de facto banishment in Snyder. Thank you, Miami-Dade, for being a clear example of what troubles Justice Kennedy.

    I’m not surprised a federal judge ruled against the ACLU in its suit. It seems in “big” cases, Federal District judges tend to decide in favor of status quo and allow the Circuit Court of Appeals actually figure out the law. Too often in cases I’ve read (and not just those about RCs), the District judge is overruled by the Appeals Court. It’d be nice if the District judges would put a bit more effort into their work.

    As for Lauren Book, her quote in the story made me think perhaps she’s not as rabid as her father. From the article: “I think the local law has caused unintended consequences,” she said. “You’re seeing it.” For that to be to only quote from her in the story says something, I’m just not certain what. One would have expected her to be a little more acidic about this situation, but she instead indicates seeing a problem. What exactly she sees and where it goes, who knows. I’m guessing with Daddy leading the charge, it probably goes nowhere.

    As for the elder Book, he has blatant conflict of interest issues, but that’s apparently par for the course in FL. I did get a chuckle out of the fact the Tuttle camp was called Bookville. That had to stick in his craw a bit, regardless his callousness towards those fellow humans.

  10. Sick, Twisted Books

    I would bet the Books are getting quite wealthy & hiding & sneaking some things pretty good. Just my opinion. Maybe they could be arrested. The Books probably LOVE their power & control. They Probably LOVE the spotlight & the attention. The Books are a JOKE 😂.

  11. T

    These people have gone crazy, with these sex offender registry laws, and think that this will keep everybody safe but don’t care to realize that this is doing more harm. How are you going to close the homeless tent community of registrants when they have no where else to go and in destitute unless the county wants to do this to dump registrants back in prison? Why has there been no one to speak out in opposition, and also call out whoever they are for their stupidity?

    • lovewillprevail

      I may be wrong, but I thought I ran across where the ACLU and also a Florida non-profit group were and have been fighting for the rights of these people.

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