Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DE - Dover amends sex offender registry ordinance in response to federal lawsuit

Original Article

05/29/2013

DOVER - The city council in Dover has revised an ordinance that bars registered sex offenders from living near day care centers.

The council voted 6-2 on Tuesday to allow residents on the registry who already live within 500 feet of a day care center to stay in their homes.

The change is aimed at resolving a federal lawsuit brought earlier this year. The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware sued on behalf of [name withheld], an offender who would have been forced to move.

Council President Dave Bonar says the change allows [name withheld] and another offender to stay in their homes. He says the city will work to have the lawsuit amicably dismissed and ask state legislators to address the issue so municipalities won’t have to.

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1 comment :

Mark said...

"The council voted 6-2 on Tuesday to allow residents on the registry who
already live within 500 feet of a day care center to stay in their
homes." Now this is all well and good legally. So after the law is passed, no sexual offender can reside within the 500 foot "zone." What about those who are already within the 500 foot zone? So day care centers are "safer" because "others" after the law is in force cannot reside within this buffer zone, but the others, say 20, 50, 75, 100 or so who now reside within the 500 foot buffer zone are not some sort of threat to day care centers? These buffer laws are the most stupid laws ever conceived. These laws are the epitome of plain stupidity. How can a city or town restrict registrants from residing where they would like to move, yet keep other registrants within the zones just to keep it legal. Pursuant to the state (every state by the way), sex offenders have been "deemed"" likely to re-offend sexually. What a cause here for equal protection.