Tomorrow, at the regular meeting of county commissioners, the “Bovo Amendment” will be considered. The Amendment seeks to remove a safeguard contained in the overnight camping ordinance that would require homeless who are sleeping overnight on public property, be afforded the opportunity to go to a homeless shelter before being arrested.
In other words, Miami-Dade wants the ability to arrest homeless sex offenders on sight. More specifically, since the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Chair could not find a solution to the transient sex offender problem in 10 years, his solution is to put them back in jail!
The result will be that registrants who are living by the tracks at NW 71st and 36th court because they HAVE to be there (they are on GPS or were sent there by probation) will be given a choice of leaving (and getting arrested for violating the residency restriction or absconding) or staying (and getting arrested for violating the overnight camping ordinance).