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Sex offender village grows out of residency restrictions

Miracle Village is so remote, the residents compare themselves to lepers. Two miles of sugar cane separate 100 men from nearby Pahokee, itself a flyspeck on the shores of Lake Okeechobee. They fill the skeleton shacks of an abandoned sugar-company town.

This is among the only places to live comfortably as a sex offender in South Florida. For many of these men, pushed to the fringe by residency restrictions, Miracle Village was the last net before homelessness. “In the beginning, no one wanted us around,” said Pat Powers, director of Matthew 25 Ministries, the Christian ministry that oversees about a dozen of the 65 dwellings on 24 acres. “But it’s totally changed, now we’re a part of the community.” Article

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    “Powers said the recidivism rate among his tenants is nonexistent. This could not be confirmed; the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for crime rates among Miracle Village residents. In general, recidivism among sex offenders is between 5 percent and 10 percent over time, according to a recent Justice Department study.”

    Another gross mis-statement of facts. Scare people; that works so well with the uninformed and ignorant. It’s nice to see someone is doing something positive, restorative and right. I think that Manzanar is vacant, perhaps that could be reopened in California…oh wait, it’s a park now!

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