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WI: Fond du Lac council mulls ordinance to restrict sex offender placement near parks, schools

[fdlreporter.com – 1/23/20]

FOND DU LAC – Should the city regulate the distance from which sex offenders can reside from parks, schools and child-care facilities?

Fond du Lac City Council members considered this possibility during its meeting Wednesday night, receiving input from Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb and City Attorney Deborah Hoffman about the need for such an ordinance and its legality.

Council member Daniel Degner presented the issue to council, stating it was one of the reasons he ran in 2019 for the seat. In 2018, Degner circulated a petition to shut down a town of Eldorado residence leased by the Wisconsin Department of Health for its supervised release program as it placed men deemed as Chapter 980 sex offenders, or sexually violent offenders, within a short distance of homes with children, Degner told The Reporter at the time.

Out of similar concerns, several municipalities throughout Wisconsin created ordinances that limited the placement of sex offenders around these areas. In Pleasant Prairie, an ordinance banning sex offenders from living within 3,000 feet — and later 1,500 feet — of these areas was found unconstitutional, as it made 90% of the city uninhabitable for sex offenders, according to The Journal Times. Other towns and cities change their laws following it to avoid lawsuit, Degner said.

By having such restrictions, it can create a population of homeless sex offenders, force them to live in one neighborhood, or drive them into other communities, he said.

“We have to balance the humanity and constitutional rights of convicted sex offenders with the safety of children and liberty of families’ consciousnesses feeling safe to have children in our schools, parks and childcare facilities,” Degner said.

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  1. Bill

    Balancing safety? Where’s the danger except what is in their minds?

    And while the people are focused outward to these “paper predators” they are blind to their children’s vulnerability entrusted to actual wolves in sheep’s clothing hiding in plain sight! A coach, doctor, police officer, school teacher, President of the United States…

    The Registry won’t reveal anything from these predators!

    • Anonymous

      @Bill = I wish you could speak to them, exactly these words.

      • Registered Citizen

        I wonder what the criteria is to be rated as an SVP? Does anyone know? Has anyone ever met an SVP and any ideas on are they really like that needed to be fearful of?

        As for me, I don’t even have a rating, because my crime was of the eyes only. However people have worries just because I’m on the registry and they Wonder could I be an SVP?

        The registry is used incorrectly all the time and that’s why it should be banished. Just because you’re on the registry does not make you a worry to society or Community safety.

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