FL: Housing changes for sexual offenders will make Jacksonville safer

[The Florida Times-Union]

The city has finally taken a giant step toward protecting all its residents by considering a ordinance that will amend the strict sexual offender housing requirements that have put the community at risk.

The ordinance in question decreases the distance sexual predators must reside from places, such as schools, day care centers and parks or playgrounds, from 2,500 feet to 1,500 feet.

Sound contradictory? How does reducing the distance an ex-felon must live from places children frequent make the public safer?

It’s simple. It makes the public safer by giving these ex-offenders more places to live.


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Yet another op-ed–in FL, no less!–putting forth something less than hysteria and lies (read: in our favor). Is the existence of residency restrictions acceptable? No. Is *any* reduction in burdens on RCs helpful? Yes, as is pushing the truth to the ignorant, fearful public. So kudos for the JAX city council for *starting* to understand the truths and problems. Hopefully this is but the first step, slowly easing things to keep the public from shaking in terror, though I’m suspicious of it being more a way to try to avoid a banishment lawsuit.

Let’s see if it actually passes the city council.

Uhhh… DUH!!!

If, 2500 feet to 1500 feet would make it safer, that zero feet would make it absolutely safe.