WI: Oshkosh city council approves $1 million project to expand sex offender housing

Source: fox11online.com 1/10/23

The Oshkosh City Council is giving the go ahead for a county-owned housing facility for sex offenders.

Residential housing for sex offenders in Winnebago County has been in the works since early last year. After a meeting in Oshkosh Tuesday night, the last hurdle was cleared.

“These are individuals who’ve served their time, gone through treatment,” Oshkosh board member Lynnsey Erickson said. “Continuing treatment, under intense supervision, we can’t just throw these people away.”

The Oshkosh Common Council approved the city’s conditional use permit, meaning a facility in Oshkosh could soon house up to eight registered sex offenders. The $1 million project would be located off County Road Y in rural Oshkosh. At the location now is a home that holds only two sex offenders.

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This is a self-inflicted wound being suffered all across Wisconsin. The state made the rules for releasing predators (different from ‘regular’ sex offenders) so difficult that county after county is finding it impossible to comply when a judge orders someone released from the secure treatment facility. Combine that with the insane patchwork of residency restrictions and original domicile restrictions that even ‘regular’ sex offenders often times are finding it near impossible to find housing.

The only positive here is that Oshkosh is stepping up to the plate and trying to find a solution, even if it’s not one that most of us would find acceptable. At least they’re doing something instead of just telling registrants to find a place to sleep outside like some other counties and cities in Wisconsin have done.

“This is not the answer,” Mugerauer said. “A million-dollar investment is not the answer. It’s probably just the beginning. At some point someone’s got to stand up and say enough is enough.”

Duh. The answer is to get rid of all the restrictions that are complicating everything. And costs absolutely nothing.

Damn ! That would barely pay for a garage and carport here in the Bay Area. Or maybe that’s all they’re planning on building….🤔😎