It's all for votes, and so they can grandstand and look like they are actually doing something!
Idea Could Cause Problems For Authorities
HARTFORD - A bill being proposed by Hartford Rep. Kelvin Roldan (Contact) will forbid a registered sex offender from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care.
If someone were to head to Hartford's Dutch point neighborhood, it's quite obvious why Roldan is proposing the bill. A pair of homeless shelters, known to house registered sex offenders, sits near a school for autistic children.
Roldan said, "They are being shipped to the cities harming the quality of life of our cities, and on top of that, putting children in harm's way."
Roldan, who lives in a city with more than 500 registered sex offenders at any one time, has a bill forbidding them from living within 2,000 feet of any school or day care, making it almost impossible to live anywhere in Hartford. Connecticut's Commissioner of Public Safety said it runs against the spirit of the sex offender registry.
Commissioner John Danaher said, "The experience we've seen with this kind of law in other jurisdictions is that the registered sex offenders just go underground. They live where they want, and we no longer know where they are."
Anna Doroghazi, of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, added most sex offenders commit their crimes against someone they know, putting it in question how much Roldan's bill would really help.
Doroghazi said, "It doesn't do anything to address the offender who is already living in the same house as a child, or the offender who's in the classroom with the child, or the offender who has volunteered to coach with a team."
Roldan said he understands that, but said his city needs some kind of relief from registered sex offenders who come to its urban shelters, often the only places they can go once they're out of prison.
Roldan said, "The Connecticut sex offender facility has been stalled for quite a significant amount of time. At one point, we were talking about 24 beds, then 18 beds, then 12 beds, but right now we have absolutely no beds yet, the cities are the ones taking the brunt of the issue."
Another idea Danaher proposed was to forbid registered sex offenders from loitering, rather than living, within 2,000 feet of a school or day care.
"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln