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FL: ACLU Sues to Stop Miami Homeless Sex-Offender Camp Evictions

[miaminewtimes.com 5/8/18]

In 2007, New Times broke national news with a story about how a group of sex-offenders was forced to live in tents underneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway because of restrictive laws barring them from living within thousands of feet of schools or playgrounds. Their case became a focal point in efforts to reform the nation’s laws governing sex criminals. After a local outcry, the Tuttle colony was uprooted — but soon rematerialized near Hialeah, once again sparking national debate.

After New Times wrote about the new encampment last August, Miami-Dade County ordered the offenders to leave by last Sunday before extending that deadline to this Thursday because of protests. Now, in response, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Legal Services of Greater Miami, and the Florida Justice Institute filed a joint lawsuit yesterday in an attempt to block the removals, arguing they’re just the latest in the county’s whack-a-mole approach that doesn’t fix the root problem of overly restrictive residency rules.

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  1. DS

    The hearing is on 10th at 10:15 for the Emergency Motion for Temporary Injunction. Now, all we can do is pray for our Attorneys. May God Bless Them…

    • TR

      Look at Ron Book’s face every time Jeanne Baker talks and the CBS 4 host “seems” to agree with her. This is one angry bitter and pathetic little man.

    • Bobby

      This guy is a real piece of work I tell you. Dress him up in a military uniform and he will look like a dictator with that attitude.

      • Harry

        I am sure he has broken some laws that some bulldog journalist can dig up some nasty dirt on him.

        • Bobby

          Oh, no doubt. I can bet my life savings on it. Add his daughter Lauren to that bet as well.

    • Peter

      He is complaining about being interrupted, but he is doing the same thing. I thought he was going to blow a casket when Jeanne Baker made a point and the CBS host turned to Ron and almost told him umm, she kind of has a point there Ron. lol. This guy is something else man.

    • John G

      When he was sort of shouting the lies of recidivism at Baker, Man! I would of picked up a stack of papers – of the real facts – and through it at him – literally!. lol.

    • TS

      WOW! Ron is ready to go all Kilauea on her from the get go it appears. He eventually erupts like it too continually throughout. If anyone notices, he really takes exception in the video when she mentions the >90% happen in the home stat, where his daughter was effected. She is David, Ron is Goliath. Crazy.

  2. TS

    Homeless Sex Offenders Are Getting Kicked Out of Their South Florida Encampment. Now What?

    https://theintercept.com/2018/05/05/homeless-sex-offenders-florida-miami-dade/

    “The zero-sum game between justice for victims and the human rights of criminals has become a cornerstone of the push for more punitive laws nationwide.

    That includes Florida. Many of its laws governing residential choices for sex offenders come from the advocacy of a single man: Ron Book, a prominent lobbyist whose daughter Lauren was sexually abused by her nanny. After Book discovered the abuse, he mounted a campaign in Florida to toughen sex offender laws, helping change the laws in over 60 municipalities in the state and nationwide, according to a 2009 Newsweek piece.”

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