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Sex-offender ban eyed near colleges

Original post made by sue, Gunn High School, on Aug 16, 2008

| Lawmakers and college administrators are trying to shut paroled sex offenders out of one of the few places they can still live - student neighborhoods near major U.S. universities.

“A convicted sexual felon should not be able to live next-door to your college student,” said Alabama state Rep. Jamie Ison, a Republican who sponsored a bill that would include universities under the legal definition of a school.

In Los Angeles, 60 offenders live within a mile of the University of Southern California. Nine live within a mile of Duke University in Durham, N.C. In Chicago, six can be found within a mile of Northwestern University. Within a two-mile radius of Jacksonville University in Florida are 93 paroled sex offenders. Web Link

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Posted by john
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I certainly support keeping sex offenders away from campuses, some students are under 18 and the 18-21yrs old are vulnerable more so with alcohol around.

There should be a technical solution such as implanting an identification chip or a GPS monitoring system.

I realize these felons have to live somewhere, probably some sort of camp would be best, far away from kids and vulnerable young people.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Devil's Island? Yes, the technological solution is the best hope. Internal exile - let's ask the Tsar how well that worked out.
Another solution is to get away from this Nancy-pants coddling and bring back penal servitude that is indeed servitude.

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Posted by mary
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 16, 2008 at 4:47 pm

A few of the vagrants on University or on the offenders website and one hangs around Pete's by Whole Foods.

What sort of area is proposed for the ban? one mile from campus?

Off campus Stanford student housing extends to MV, RWC and MP how practical is that?

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Posted by sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 16, 2008 at 11:58 pm

I believe Stanford has as strong policy, but Palo Alto does not, the predators have free range here, why is that?

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 17, 2008 at 7:25 am

Sharon: Sex Offenders must comply with California law. Both Stanford and Palo Alto must also comply with California law. An initiative was passed by the voters of California which says where sex offenders may and may not live. However, that does not stop an initiative regarding colleges being placed on the ballot at some future time.

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Posted by tj
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Sex offenders have rights. Society has rights. Balancing the two is the issue.

Felons lose their right to vote. Sex offenders lose their right to privacy. Both are the result of having been convicted of a crime in a court of law.

Whose rights demand greater protection, a young female sexually assaulted or the person convicted of sexually assaulting her?

Both have rights which should be protected in a democratic system of laws. If we must err, I would err on the side of the victim. The perpertrator chose the course of action, the victim did not. A choice which will be wrong in some cases, but right in most.

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