SAN ANTONIO — More than 80 parks across San Antonio will turn into restricted zones for registered sex offenders. The new ordinance takes effect Saturday, March 1. City council unanimously approved it in December as the best interest of public safety.
Texas Voices, a group which advocates for non-violent offenders, says analysis of similar ordinances in other states suggest restrictions do not create safer environments. The group said some registrants are on the list if they were charged for having a consensual relationship with a minor at 18-years-old. “The hardest part is that the public believes that everyone on the registry is a dangerous predator. That’s not true,” said Mary Molnar, Texas Voices executive director.
The ordinance means registered offenders can no longer enter a park or live within a thousand feet of park. Full Article