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Bill in Kansas Legislature would restrict where sex offenders can live

February 12, 2011

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A bill under consideration in the Kansas Legislature seeks to keep sex offenders away from children.

It would bar offenders whose victims were younger than 16 from living within 2,000 feet of a school or licensed day care.

It also would mark their driver’s licenses with the word “offender” in different colors to show whether the victim was a child or adult.

Plus, the offenders would be barred from going on school property.

Speaking this past week before a Senate panel, Michell Prothe of Olathe talked about what happened when a convicted sex offender from California moved 200 feet from an elementary school last year.

Eventually the man had to move after neighbors discovered he was supposed to be under the supervision of a probation officer in Kansas but was not.

Prothe said the situation “served as a spark to illuminate a problem that affects every neighborhood and every school and every child in Kansas.”

A similar proposal failed previously because rural lawmakers feared sex offenders would migrate there as they sought to comply with the residency restrictions.

Larry Campbell, a former state lawmaker and current Olathe city councilman, said that problem prompted a request to city planners to plot areas on a city map that were 2,000 feet from a school or licensed day care.

Comments

loverofidiots 4 years, 4 months ago

I can understand having them not live next to a school or day care, but putting a "scarlet letter" on their drivers license when they have paid the legal price for their illegalities, is not American nor morally right.

gbulldog 4 years, 4 months ago

If you where a sheppard, how would you defend your flock of sheep from the Wolf. The sexual preditor is a wolf after our children.. There is no reasonable way that I know to control the sexual preditor. So either society must find a way to permanently cure them, or place them in a facitlity where they will have no contacts in order satisfy their desires. I would prefer the facility be surounded by Sharks. They are preditors and need to be treated like preditors who are threatening and harming our children.

curious2 4 years, 4 months ago

what do you suggest loverofidiots? As a parent, my babies safety comes first, by any means necessary.

Yes, after time served they've paid a small price according to our laws. being allowed back onto the streets, they look the same as the rest of us yet their inappropriate sexual preferences are still very real. (Can these individuals really seriously be "rehabilitated"?) Because victims of such crimes often never recover fully, they're broken.. THE VICTIMS PAY THE HIGHER PRICE.

-mother of 3

adj2410 4 years, 4 months ago

I believe instead of putting anything on their drivers license . We need to ship every sex offenders to a isolated island to live. This is coming from a victim. We live with the trauma every day and night. . Even our spouse live with it. The victims never gets over it. Certain smells,they way people touch us, the way people talk and look. Always brings something back that happened during that time.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 4 months ago

They could be required to move to Mars. It'd give NASA a big boost, anyway.

I_stand_alone1949 3 years, 9 months ago

Many cannot be rehabilitated but it's unfair to clump all of them as one "type". Some CAN BE REHABILITATED if given the opportunity. If it was your son, you'd feel a LOT different. Some made the mistake of being young. I am appalled at the comments that want to ship them off, put them on an island surrounded by sharks. I guess you'd rather have a murderer or rapist living next door. shakes head. If the offender was an older adult of the age of about 30s, or older I could see the reason for fear because probably he'd been caught. The same should NOT BE SAID of the young adults up to the age of about 19 Technically they are adult. but their mind frame is still of a teen/adult.

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