TN: Chattanooga, Hamilton County money not housing sex offenders from Budgetel

Source: 12/22/22

No registered sex offenders displaced from the Budgetel Inn last month are being housed with city or county money, officials said after Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp sent an email this week objecting to “free hotel rooms for child molesters.”

Wamp identified four registered sex offenders who had been living at the East Ridge motel before she sought and received a court order for its closure as a public nuisance, and a fifth was later identified by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the sudden shutdown, the Chattanooga City Council and Hamilton County Commission have voted unanimously to send $50,000 apiece to the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition to continue housing those displaced in other hotels.

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I mean are they for real ! is it about the money! If a former offender of any crime is not allowed to reintegrate back into society and ends up back in confinement who do they think pays for it!
Now they are not only paying for there stay in jail,add up the legal fees! sorry Janice! the court fees its cheaper to just give us fair F***ing housing! Its more economic makes all the sense in the world.
The problem is the Media and the Education has failed society big time! and with an election coming i dont suppose these stories will get any better.

If its a public nuisance, then tear the hotel down. If PFRs can’t stay there, then no one can. Fair is fair.

A DA sends out an email, and now you have politicians and social service providers shaking in their boots. What the heck is going on down their in bumpkinville? Seems like Graham was the only politician willing to stand up to this DA woman. It’s like ‘sugar, we talked about this before voting to give the money. If people misbehaving or doing criminal activity, that’s yahs department. And the only concerns I heard is from you and your brother’
Can you believe that? A crooked DA and her county mayor brother colluding together to get a poor couple thrown out of a hotel onto the streets.

This is confusing to me:

Just two offenses – manufacturing methamphetamine in government housing or a sex offense that results in a lifetime registration – completely disqualify someone from public housing or vouchers, according to federal housing guidelines.‘”

So how does this work when different States assign different offenses to lifetime registration?? (The notorious example being Florida where ALL sex offenses require lifetime registration.). Aren’t there some States where only a very few offenses require lifetime registration??
And yet the Federal government is able to treat those who are “similarly situated” – if that is the correct legal term – but living in different States, differently?? 🤔

Alot of PFR have a hard time finding good jobs and decent places to live law-enforcement and politicians know this.