Hawkins, Seum Wary Of Registered Sex Offender Concentration

by Gabe Bullard on October 30, 2009

HawkinsWith children out trick-or-treating this weekend, two southwestern Louisville politicians are concerned about a block of registered sex offenders living in their district.

Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins and State Senator Dan Seum held a press conference Friday to discuss a housing complex off the Greenbelt Highway where 40 registered sex offenders live in 36 units.

The offenders are not in violation of any laws, but Hawkins and Seum say they want warning signs put up in the area or legislation passed to limit how many offenders can live in a given area. Seum says doing that now would violate fair housing laws.

“That doesn’t mean that we can’t tweak it or change it,” he says. “If you’re talking about people that have criminal convictions and they may have paid their dues and fines, if you will, or served their time. But if you’re a child molester out there, you’re pretty low on the totem pole as far as I’m concerned as far as rights go.”

“This is a sickness,” says Hawkins. “You would not take an alcoholic, a reformed alcoholic to a bar. We don’t need to have a high concentration of registered sex offenders in one particular area. Especially within 1500 feet of a daycare and right next door to family neighborhoods.”

The owners of the apartment complex were not available for comment.

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Sam Caldwell October 31, 2009 at 10:37 am

Has anyone stopped to consider the factual basis for these laws or their effects?

(1) According to US Department of Justice statistics, only 5% of sex offenders released in 1994 were returned to prison for a new sex crime.

(2) According to the California Attorney General’s office, “90% of child victims know their offender, with almost half of the offenders being a family member. Of sexual assaults against people age 12 and up, approximately 80% of the victims know the offender.” (Citing “Facts About Sex Offenders,” http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/facts.aspx?lang=ENGLISH)

(3) States already have registries, and now the federal government is imposing its legislation on a state matter, threatening to remove 10% of federal funds from non-compliant states. This is more about money than public safety.

(4) Do you consider your federal government MORE efficient and responsive to the public interest than the states?

(5) Do you support a national ID card system? There are more than 650,000 people registered as sex offenders today with an annual growth rate of 7%.

(6) Most are not aware of the increasing number of persons considered to be “sex offenders” or the crimes they have committed, including persons who have simply urinated on the side of the road without knowing a minor was present.

(7) The largest group of registered sex offenders are 14-year-olds who will more than likely never commit a new crime.

These laws are a bad idea.

Samuel Parris November 1, 2009 at 10:57 am

And the murderers, wife beaters, and crack dealers can live wherever they want. Makes perfectly good sense to me.
These people are not in violation of any laws, including the laws that forced them into this leper colony. They would not be clustered if our Attorney General who thinks he is God wasn’t defying the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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