Friday, January 10, 2014

TN - Residents discuss sex offender concerns in town hall meeting

Town hall meeting
Original Article

01/09/2014

By Shumuriel Ratliff

LINCOLN COUNTY (WAFF) - Residents in Lincoln County TN have some concerns about sex offenders living in their neighborhoods. They were able to speak to law enforcement Thursday night in a town hall meeting about stricter laws.

At least 30 people attended the town hall meeting at the Bellview Community Center. People who attended the meeting said they want the laws tightened so they can have better knowledge when a sex offender is living in their neighborhood.

Officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and State Representative Billy Spivey were also in attendance. Residents said the biggest issue for them is not knowing when a sex offender is living near them. Some of them don't have computers so they can't look at the online sex offender registry as it's updated, and the area is so rural, they may not be aware.

Deputies said there are 63 sex offenders in the county as of 2 weeks ago. Residents like April Webb said they want the laws changed so that they and their children can feel safer.

"I want to know and I think that I have the right to know and those laws are tricky right now and I want to see those changed so that we as mothers and fathers and grandparents we know what are around our children," she said.

Spivey said this is a perfect example of how the voice of the people is still what drives government.

"This is an idea originated out of the community that very well could become law this year."

Spivey said they will take the community's ideas and concerns and have it drafted into a form that helps address the issues the residents are having.


2 comments :

dlc said...

"I want to know and I think that I have the right to know and those laws are tricky right now and I want to see those changed so that we as mothers and fathers and grandparents we know what are around our children,"

Well what about the rights of the sex offender? What about the other felonies living near you? Maybe you'd sleep better at night if everybody who ever was arrested for a crime was on a registry and the sheriff had to come by and notify you of there presence. Then the sheriffs office would not have to protect you in the event of a real crime. Please think of what you are asking before you trample on the rights of those who have served their time and have the lowest recidivism of any class of ex-criminal.

Mark said...

"I want to know and I think that I have the right to know and those
laws are tricky right now and I want to see those changed so that we as
mothers and fathers and grandparents we know what are around our
children," she said. Well, allow me to exponentially increase their paranoia please. You all better take a closer look at those that are very close to all of you, or within arms reach folks! Yep, instead worry about the guy down the street though!