Saturday, February 9, 2013

NJ - Bill aims to protect evacuees from sex offenders following Paulsboro train derailment

Original Article

Wow, these people are crazy. They seem to think ex-sex offenders are just sitting at home, waiting for some disaster, and then "Hey, a train wreck, let's go molest some people!" It's pure fear mongering and hysteria.


By Rebecca Forand

A bill that will require the state Department of Human Services and other agencies be given access to the state’s sex offender registry when placing homeless and displaced families into emergency shelters such as hotels and motels is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The bill, sponsored by Linda Greenstein, D-14 of Plainsboro, and Fred Madden, D-4 of Washington Township, in the state Senate and John Burzichelli, D-3 of Paulsboro, in the Assembly, addresses a problem first reported on by the South Jersey Times following a train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro.

Two articles published in December 2012 and January 2013 highlighted the Doran family, who were evacuated from their home following the Nov. 30 accident.

For two weeks, Del and Danielle Doran, and their two daughters, Paige, 15, and Cassie, 12, were put up in Greenwich Township’s Motel 6 while the accident and chemical spill was cleaned up.

However, a man convicted of sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl lives in the Motel 6, and the Doran family was not notified of this when they were sent there for refuge.
- And what do you know, not a single crime was committed!  But hey, let's not let a good disaster go to waste, let's pass more laws to punish ex-sex offenders.

The bill was originally introduced by Burzichelli in January 2012 after a homeless family was placed in a Brooklawn hotel with another registered sex offender residing in the room next door.
- And yet nothing happened!

There should be a better coordinated effort,” Burzichelli said. “If you’re going to put people in temporary housing, at least they’ll be aware enough of their circumstances. It’s a legitimate issue. It’s about public awareness and public safety.”
- It doesn't matter what does or doesn't happen, you should always be cautious of your surroundings, that is a fact of life!

Currently there are still about 1,500 families throughout New Jersey living in hotels or motels following Hurricane Sandy.

This new legislation will require access to the state’s sex offender registry be provided to the Department of Human Services and county and municipal welfare agencies before any emergency placements are made.

Families who are already dealing with the hardships of being evacuated from — or even worse, losing — their homes, should not be worried about who is in the motel room next door and whether their children are safe in their newfound environment,” Madden said in a release Friday. “By providing those agencies that are in charge of placing families into temporary housing with the necessary information to ensure that the area is free from sex offenders, we can ensure the continued safety of our kids. This is common-sense legislation that will close a dangerous loophole in the law.”
- So what are you going to do if you need to place a family, and an ex-sex offender lives there legally?  Tell them to leave?  Yeah, I'm sure that is exactly what you'd do.

Neither of the cases resulted in any danger coming to the evacuated or displaced families, but it is a chance state legislators do not want to take if the situation arises again.
- Yeah, like we said, no need to let a good disaster go to waste!

In hindsight, it probably would have been a good idea,” Greenwich Township Police Capt. Lee McGill said of the recent Motel 6 occurrence. “Maybe it would head-off problems.”

The Assembly passed the bill Dec. 3, 2012, and the Senate passed it Thursday. It is now headed to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie.

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