Bans Drive Sex Offenders Underground?
By Steve Yoder July 7, 2014
Early last year,
set aside a sliver of land in its Harbor Gateway neighborhood for the city’s
newest and smallest park: two jungle gyms on a fifth of an acre. Los Angeles
The project was more than just an effort to increase the city’s green space. City Council members made clear that one of the park’s principal reasons for existence was to force 33 people on the
sex offender registry who were living in a nearby apartment building to move
out. State law bars those on its registry from living within 2,000 feet of a
park or school. California
“We came together, working with the police department, to problem-solve, to send a message that Harbor Gateway cannot be dumped upon with a high number of registered sex offenders,” councilman Joe Buscaino said at the park’s opening.
But the state ban itself already clusters registrants into a limited number of areas, according to a September 2011 report by the California Sex Offender Management Board, which was created by the state legislature to advise it on sex offender policies.
But a court decision in
last year could mark a shift in momentum. Colorado