Saturday, April 27, 2013

WI - Sturtevant Considering Sex Offender Ordinance

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By Heather Asiyanbi

Neighboring communities like Racine and Caledonia have ordinances governing where sex offenders can live. Sturtevant trustees are looking into having one as well.

Sturtevant trustees are looking into whether or not they should adopt an ordinance governing where sex offenders can live.

Trustee Chris Larsen said Tuesday during the Continual Committee meeting that he got the idea after learning about a similar ordinance in Caledonia and reading in The Journal Times about the efforts to pass one in the City of Racine.

"I just want to make sure that Sturtevant doesn't become the dumping ground for sex offenders in eastern Racine County," he said. "I'd like feedback on whether or not I should continue researching."

The ordinance Larsen is proposing would only apply to offenders determined by a court to be sexually violent who are released under the state's 980 commitment petition. That statute allows the state at the end of a convicted offender's prison sentence to petition the court to commit the offender to the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, WI.

Sturtevant Chief Sean Marschke cautioned trustees to be sure the state would have to comply with local ordinance.

"If the state doesn't have to comply with our ordianances with these cases, then it's not worth pursuing," he said.

Patch contacted the Department of Human Services to find out if the state does have to comply with local ordinances.

"Yes, the state does," wrote Claire Smith in an email response to our note.

In Caledonia, the following rules apply for violent offenders released under the state's 980 petition:
  • At least 1,000 feet from a school, church, park, athletic field, trail, playground, conservation district, or H.F. Johnson Park (which is managed by the city); and
  • At least six blocks away from other sex offenders.

For those not under supervised release but required to register with the Department of Corrections' sex offender registry, they must live:
  • At least 2,500 feet away from schools, churches, parks, athletic fields, trails, playgrounds, conservation districts, or H.F. Johnson Park; and
  • At least six blocks away from other sex offenders.
- So does that make any sense? Those deemed dangerous (980's), must stay 1,000 feet away, while those less dangerous have to stay 2,500 feet away?  It seems that should be the other way around, unless we are reading something wrong?

Village President Steve Jansen agreed Larsen should continue his research.

"I'd like to see some more research into whether or not this makes sense for us," he said.


Mark said...

Courts everywhere now are tossing these ordinances because of preemption, and these bureaucratic dopes just keep on rolling them out like automatons programmed in a factory making widgets. Where is the real, true disease? Sexual offenders or the so-called righteous bureaucrats who only speak one language. In short, you cannot teach a Donkey to think or act like a chicken. And the flood of Donkeys in state government is more than the barn can hold.

tom said...

I just love how they us words like "Dumping ground" And "Sex Offender" Always using the same terms to describe a human, A person, Talking at us like we are trash and deciding what is best for them. What better way to bring about there change? First you demonize then you strip them of humanity then you pass laws that kill then you keep up the same good work every place you can. I wonder just how far all this is really going to go. Just what is the means that justify the ends here? You want to talk about hopelessness? Look no farther than the life of a sex offender. Death would have been far more civilized, All I do is pray for death that is all I have left. The Courts? They are the ones to blame they caused this all.