Saturday, September 12, 2009

FLA's Draconian Sex Offender Residency Rules : Florida's Draconian Sex Offender Residency Rules.

Florida's Ban Goes Too Far

Florida's sex offender residency requirements have received national attention recently -- not for their effectiveness, but as an example of how far states will go to punish convicted sex offenders.

Even the strongest supporters of residency restrictions for sex offenders are having second thoughts about the efficacy of the bans. State Attorney General Bill McCollum has been vocal in his belief that the 2500-foot restriction in Miami goes too far. Lobbyist Ron Brook, who personally traveled across the state to convince communities to pass stricter sex offender ordinances after his daughter was victimized, now believes there must be a better solution than forcing sex offenders into homelessness. Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County in July, challenging the legality of the ban on the grounds that it impedes the state's ability to monitor sex offenders.