Here’s a few graphs of a story I wrote to run in Tuesday’s paper about La Puente wanting to tighten rules on where sex offenders can live:
The City Council will vote tonight on whether to approve regulations further limiting where sex crime convicts can live.
Among the proposed regulations are prohibiting more than one registered sex offender from living in a multi-family dwelling or a hotel, and expanding state laws that already prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks.
There are currently 136 sex offenders registered in La Puente, according to state records.
“I think it’s time we put this on the books,” Councilwoman Nadia Mendoza said, “to let people know that this is something we’re going to be watching out for, for the safety of our children and for any victims and for any families that will be moving in.”
In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 83, more commonly known as Jessica’s Law, which requires sex offenders to register their addresses with law enforcement and bans them from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks.
In La Puente, if approved, in addition to parks and schools this ordinance would also make it illegal for sex offenders to live within 2,000 feet of open space, trails and child care centers.
There’s been a lot of debate on whether Jessica’s Law – and these tougher city ordinances – essentially restrict sex offendres from living anywhere once they finishing serving time. What do you think? Are these ordinances too restrictive or just right?