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FL: As Deadline Approaches for Homeless Ex-Offenders, County Threatens to Jail Them

A few miles from Miami International Airport, outside of Hialeah, sits a tent camp of about 280 homeless people. There’s no electricity or running water and no bathrooms. News reports describe the stench of human waste and garbage, tents that flood when it rains, and flies, mosquitoes, and rats infesting the area. “Animals live better than this,” one resident told a reporter.

He and the others there are on the state sex offender registry. Miami-Dade County laws make it almost impossible for them to find places to live and bar homeless shelters from taking them in. For many registrants, the encampment has been a last resort, but in January, county leaders passed a new rule that makes them subject to arrest if they don’t find housing by May 7. Full Article

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  1. Anonymous

    I knew some of those citizens when we were in court ordered therapy classes together a while back. One particular gentleman(around his late 60’s) had a small pick up truck in which he would go from garbage to garbage looking for boxes, cardboards and other materials in the alley ways of nearby markets and stores so he can build a bed and build a roof on his pickup bed to block both the torrential rain and the sun’s brutal rays from hitting him. I would help him at times when I see him do this and even help him build his roof and bed. I would think at times, wow 2 or more decades ago, I would of never thought we would come to this. This is what this country has turned into. Many of them have families with homes and support and some have even finished their sentences, yet they have to live like this because of one man.

    Hopefully this can all end soon and it never comes back. It’s honestly horrible.

  2. Tim

    Man I really hope these people win their case with Miami Dade. Would love to see the look on Ron Book’s face when that happens. Or what ridiculous thing he has to say about that.

  3. JG

    So according to Lauren Book, banning RCs from their own homes and homeless shelters is ok, but being homeless is illegal and you will be arrested for it . . . wow! There is really no place to go but jail. This is so… just wow!

  4. Ted

    This is a pretty good read on all of the nonsense by the Books. I’m sure more in due time will pop up.

    • John

      Kind of makes you wonder if the Feds are secretly investigating them. They have corrupt stink all over themselves.

  5. Dave

    Famous US Supreme Court case, there is no statute in any of the 50 states that require ANYONE to have a residence. Any person may choose to be homeless as they wish. It is not a law that you must have a residence.
    This will be squashed very easily and quickly.
    Local statutes do not supersede state or federal laws.

    • cool CA RC

      It depend on how smart the lawyers are in this case. I hope some of the legal mind here have been supporting them by giving them legal case to win

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