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FL: Under threat of lawsuit, Miami-Dade grants reprieve to eviction of sex offenders

[floridaactioncommittee.org 5/4/18]

Facing an imminent lawsuit to be brought by Legal Services of Greater Miami on behalf of the homeless sex offenders living alongside railroad tracks in Miami-Dade, the Deputy Mayor has granted a temporary reprieve to the forced eviction scheduled for Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, had sent a memo on March 21st, announcing plans to shut down the encampment of sex offenders living outdoors, legislated into homelessness by the County’s 2500 foot exclusion zone. Included in that plan was a deadline of May 6th for the registrants to leave or the County would enforce the recently enacted “Bovo Amendment” enabling them to arrest homeless on site if they were registered sex offenders.

During the period that followed, nobody, including the homeless trust, was able to find alternate housing for the 270 individuals, even for those who could afford it. The county’s solution; move them to another street corner all the way in southwest Miami,next to a rock quarry in the middle of nowhere, over one mile from the closest public transportation, where they would still be outdoors without shelter, running water or sanitation. Still “overnight camping”.

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Related links

Miami-Dade Trying to Start Bookville IV – PLEASE DO SOMETHING [floridaactioncommittee.org 5/4/18]

Homeless Sex Offenders Are Getting Kicked Out of Their South Florida Encampment. Now What? [theintercept.com 5/5/18]

Homeless sex offenders living in tents outside Hialeah say they have nowhere to go [miamiherald.com 5/4/18]

 Officials give final notice to homeless sex offenders living in encampment [local10.com 5/6/18]

Evil is alive and well in Florida [narsol.org 5/7/18]

 

 

 

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  1. Bobby

    ” next to a rock quarry in the middle of nowhere, over one mile from the closest public transportation, where they would still be outdoors without shelter, running water or sanitation. Still “overnight camping ”

    Wow. Just plain ridiculous. Why don’t they just find an isolated island and move them all there and say they’re castaways. How is this not punishment ??

  2. TR

    All they have to do is rid of the ordinance and let them all go home to their families or let them live anywhere they want as they should, because some of them could afford it as the article mentions. But of course, this isn’t about saving the children or keeping anybody safe. Not with the political players involve starting with Ron Book, who is a pathetic and bitter little man.

  3. David

    How does Florida get away with this Draconian insanity? “Bovo Amendment”: Arrest homeless registrants due to their homelessness resulting from the State’s own laws? WTF?! Is California’s Janice Bellucci the only courageous civil rights attorney in the entire U. S. of A.??! Is there not a single civil rights attorney of character and courage in the entire state of Florida??

    • @David

      Go read the full article to find the individual who is fighting on their behalf in the courts.

    • Alex

      attorney Jeffrey Hearne, Director of Litigation at Legal Services of Greater Miami.

      Worked his butt off and fought like hell to get to this point and it wasn’t easy considering the arena (Florida, Miami-Dade)

  4. cool CA RC

    I think they should sue anyway and remove this County’s 2500 foot exclusion zone.

  5. Nicholas Maietta

    Why hasn’t Ron Book been arrested yet for child prostitution or some other hidden crime we don’t know about yet? Seriously, he needs to be investigated because only those who are hell bent on hurting registrants have something dark and sinister to hide!

    In my opinion, Ron Book is hiding something very bad and it will be up to him to prove to me that he’s not guilty of anything. I learned in prison that those who bark the loudest about something are almost certainly guilty themselves.

    Again, all personal opinion.

    • DS

      @Nicholas Maietta
      I totally agree with what you just said.
      He has been arrested for campaign fraud.

  6. Anonymous

    NY doesn’t have living restrictions. What is their reoffence rate? What is their reoffence rate for dwi with injury? For domestic violence against women? For Opioid dealers? What is it?

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