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TX: Should independent living complexes have to notify residents of sex offenders?

The Houston Housing Authority has changed the way the agency reviews its 60,000 tenants after Channel 2 Investigates found a registered sex offender getting a housing allowance he is barred from receiving. Full Article

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  1. Kick 'em all out!!

    There are residents of these communities that have been previously convicted of robbery (this crime is mostly committed against neighbors & especially senior citizens), residents that can & do have multiple convictions that include elder abuse, and residents of these communities that have committed devistating CRIMES against children but were not sexual, are not being considered a danger to the community? Unlike human beings who have committed a crime that had a sexual component, those criminals are usually have multiple arrests and have done prison time more than once. What are you going to do about them, nothing??

  2. New Person

    Wait… the state is propagating the registry instead of citizens going to look them up themselves? Isn’t this akin to posting up Wanted Posters with propagating the Registry? That in itself is promoting fear as well as expanding the stockade in the town square much further.

    difference is, I don’t think there’s a chance one is left in the stockade for life or tens of years back then. I could be wrong, but that would be cruel and unusual punishment.

  3. AJ

    Once again, I guess it’s only scary and a risk when the people become aware? The fact that (seemingly) absolutely nothing has happened while the residents were blissfully ignorant means absolutely nothing. This is no different than the recent article about Walmart and homeless RCs. They act as if they’ve been living next to highly radioactive nuclear waste all this time and didn’t know it. One big difference: radioactive material harms you even when you’re unaware; a person minding his/her own business, not so much.

    I scratched my head a bit about this in the article: “Channel 2 Investigates found convicted sex offenders with registered addresses matching a variety of different senior living communities. Thirty percent of the offenders were younger than age 40.” How the heck are people under 40 living in a senior community?

    • New Person

      Fear always trumps facts.

      Has anything happened? No.

      One of the purposes of the registry is if something terrible occurs, then these registrants are to be investigated first. (Minority report idea and the false high recidivism rate set by SCOTUS.) Instead, we notice how the registry is now a tool that ostracizes and demonizes a specific group of people.

      I read the 2003 dissenting opinions. They’re great! Ginsberg was spot on everything she wrote.

  4. Timmr

    That is weird. I registered to post a comment on the article using my twitter account, and the process stalled, so I couldn’t post.

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