Town looks to create child safety zon...

Town looks to create child safety zones - Greenwich Time

There are 4 comments on the Greenwich Time story from May 27, 2009, titled Town looks to create child safety zones - Greenwich Time. In it, Greenwich Time reports that:

Greenwich could soon join a growing list of communities to create child safety zones, designated areas where registered sex offenders face fines and detention by police if caught loitering.

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Joseph

Greenwich, CT

#1 Jun 2, 2009
6/1/09 Town of Greenwich Legislative Committee POSTPONES INDEFINATELY ordinance due to legal issues and constitutionality. Banishment also questioned as counterproductive, vague and impact on ex offenders who pose no risk to the community.
Joseph

Greenwich, CT

#2 Jun 3, 2009
Evidence presented to Legislative Committee included:
Lindsay Wagner Drexel Law Review.
Richard Wright- Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions.
NCIA Towards More Effective Sex Offense Legislation.
Human Rights Watch: No Easy Answers
former res

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Jun 3, 2009
Stupid law. People who have served their time have a right to go to the beach.

Most molesters are not strangers but are known to the families - family friends, creepy uncles, neighbors etc.

This law would only provide a false sense of security to the uneducated while trampling the rights of others.

It seems most parents will jump at any opportunity to lessen their own parenting responsibilities. Still better watch the kids when they're in the "safety zones." And then you won't have to worry about creepy men.
Fear Mongerer

Greenwich, CT

#4 Jun 4, 2009
This law violates:
1st Amendment-Right to assemble (beaches, parks etc. included) Leydon V. Town of Greenwich.

ExPost Facto and Double Jeopardy Clauses. This same punitive restriction is imposed on all sex offenders at sentencing and is reimposed again on a RSO even after sentence is served and completed. If part of punishment at sentencing, will be punishment again if ban enacted no matter whether you call it "child safety zone." Punishment is punishment. Double Jeopardy Ex Post Facto.

Preempts state sex offender laws. Rockland County, NY, Cherry Hill and Galloway Townships, NJ.
Not narrowly tailored to allow for legitimate activities in these areas.

Most importantly, there is NO EVIDENCE that this protects anybody but plenty of evidence that this increases recividism due to destabalization, marginalization and increasing of dynamic risk factors of the ex offender.

Don't let the fear mongerers destroy more lives.

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