Harbor Gateway Builds Park With Sole Intention of Kicking Out Sex Offenders
The laws around where sex offenders can and cannot live are extremely stringent. They may not, for instance, live by parks or by schools, lest they come into contact with potential victims.
And while the laws were likely set up with existing parks and schools in mind, one Los Angeles community is twisting the regulation around by building a new park with the sole intention of kicking sex offenders out of the neighborhood.
The LA Times reports that the people of Harbor Gateway have already broken ground on a new park -- so small, they say, that it barely has room for both a jungle gym and benches -- in order to relocate the 33 sex offenders that live nearby:
By building the park, officials said, they would effectively force the sex offenders to leave the neighborhood.
The article doesn't quote any actual sex offenders, but there are others who aren't thrilled with this new development.
"People are running around with hysteria when they don't know the facts," said Janice Bellucci, president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of those convicted of sex crimes. "I understand that sex offenders are not a popular part of society, but they have constitutional rights."
The city is considering building at least two other parks in nearby communities as well.
According to the website city-data.com, there are currently 3,276 sex offenders living in the city of Los Angeles.