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FL: Oconomowoc tweaks sex offender residency restrictions in wake of federal court decision

[Florida Journal Sentinel]

 

CITY OF OCONOMOWOC – The common council on Tuesday, Dec. 5, voted to repeal and replace the city’s 2011 ordinance outlining residency restrictions for registered sex offenders, joining a handful of other area communities to do so in the wake of lawsuits and a federal court decision earlier this year.

Under the new rules, registered sex offenders who did not live in the city at the time of their offense could petition the common council to move into Oconomowoc. Such offenders are currently barred from attempting to move to the city under the current ordinance’s “original domicile restriction.”

But those offenders, if allowed to move in, would have to find housing in the 9 percent of the city that does not fall within 1,000 feet of a “child safety zone,” areas near local schools, parks or houses of worship.

About 664 housing units fall within that 9 percent, said Oconomowoc Police Chief Ron Buerger.

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  1. Registry Rage

    “Child safety zone” is such an oxymoron. That’s like saying “snowflake buffer..”

    Legitimate question: Why should anyone on the registry have to “petition” for their preexisting privacy, safety and security, that was circumvented by Megan’s law in the first place, be restored?!?!

    • New Person

      To petition off of something means you’re under custody by somebody. You petition out of jail. Why are you petitioning off of the registry? That’s a judge re-litigating your original crime to get removed off of the punishment born out of said crime. Remember, you’re under custody of the state. So you belong to the state still.

      Involuntary servitude is prohibited unless to punish a crime.

      The registry was born out of a crime, but is not punishment. Therefore, the state cannot own you any longer or force you to do any service born out of your crime b/c it’s not punishment. Services such as in-person annuals or in-person updates, having restrictions to abide by such as informing the state when you’ll be out of state, out of the country, and re-registering in a new state after a certain time period. Also, you’re banned from many occupations as well as housing services. All of this b/c you still belong to the state, under their custody.

      No other freed person is subjected to this compelled services/obligations that is not punishment.

      So why is there a need for a second judgement? Are registrants still under custody? If not, then this is involuntary servitude. If so, then this is punishment. And if this is punishment, then this is double jeopardy.

  2. JM of Wi.

    Oconomowoc is in Wisconsin, (just seems like Florida in it’s oppression)
    I’m sure the appeals boards are filled with experts.

    • RM

      Yes, Oconomowoc is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The article claims it is from the Florida Journal Sentinel…it’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  3. AlexO

    How has all of this not reached SCOTUS yet? Much of their 2003 ruling was based on the fact that non of this was a big deal. It has moved well beyond that. This law alone completed barred someone from moving into a town. Now they have to petition the town to be allowed in, and then they’re still restricted to a 1000-foot leash. This is infuriating!

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