FL: Sex offenders may soon be able to live closer to schools, day care centers in Jacksonville

Registered sex offenders in the River City may soon be able to live closer to schools, public libraries and other places children frequent if the Jacksonville City Council has anything to say about it.

The city council will undergo a second reading of city ordinance 2017-667 on Tuesday. The bill’s primary function is to reduce the required distance a registered sex offender or predator can reside near various locations from 2,500 feet to 1,500 feet, according to the bill’s description.

The bill also advises, if passed, that new and upcoming day care centers will be required to plan their locations around the 1,500 feet-rule for sex offenders. Full Article

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At first, I was skeptical of what this law was about. Then I was somewhat hopeful that a dose of rational thought had somehow landed in FL. Then I finally saw what it was all about: CYA so there’s no appearance of total banishment, and making it easier on day care centers. It’s not at all about RCs. At least one thing is certain: FL still doesn’t give two sh!ts about RCs.

I wonder, though, can this perhaps backfire on them? If 1500′ is all the sudden good, how do they justify having had 2500′? Was their intent something other than public safety? If it was public safety, aren’t they now compromising it? How can the stroke of a pen to reduce a distance that was determined necessary for public safety all the sudden change whatever “study” they have done to determine said safety? Hypocrisy is flying left and right out of this one!