Thursday, August 27, 2015

Collateral Damage: Harsh Sex Offender Laws May Put Whole Families at Risk By Steve Yoder


The Watch: The collateral damage of sex offender laws, August 28, 2015
By Radley Balko

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Collateral damage: Harsh sex offender laws may put whole families at risk, August 27, 2015
Research says that registries and residency bans leave children of sex offenders vulnerable to bullying, homelessness
By Steve Yoder (he has a website Life on the List)

When William Quarles, 38, bolts from his desk around 5:30 most weeknights, he’s up against his most important deadline of the day. Quarles is an audiovisual editor and social media manager at a Christian television studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. By the time he gets home, he and Ashley, his wife of nine years, have just over three hours to make dinner for their three children, squeeze in a half-hour of playtime, get the kids bathed and dressed for bed, and read to them for a few minutes. 

At 9:30 sharp, William kisses Ashley, walks out the door and drives his van 12 miles to a spot at the end of a dirt road off Interstate 275. From there he calls her, and they read and pray together from the devotional Our Daily Bread before they fall asleep — Ashley at home and William in the back of the van. Every couple of hours, William wakes up sweating and turns on the engine to run the air conditioner. 

William’s name and photo appear on Florida’s public sex offender registry. A state law bans him and most others on the list from living within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds and child care facilities. The house the family rents lies inside a banned zone, so William can’t stay there between 10 at night and 6 in the morning.