L.A. sees parks as a weapon against sex offenders
Posted On 28 Feb, 2013
"On a tiny sliver of land in Harbor Gateway, the city is beginning construction on what officials believe will be the smallest park in Los Angeles.
At one-fifth of an acre, the pocket park will barely have room for two jungle gyms, some benches and a brick wall.
But the enjoyment the park will give children is a secondary concern for officials. They are building the park for a different reason: to force 33 registered sex offenders to move out of a nearby apartment building.
State law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. By building the park, officials said, they would effectively force the sex offenders to leave the neighborhood. This section of Harbor Gateway has one of the city’s highest concentrations of registered sex offenders: 86 live in a 13-block area.
L.A. sees parks as a weapon against sex offenders Los Angeles plans to build a total of three pocket parks with the intent of driving out registered sex offenders; two will be in Wilmington."
Neighborhoods Seek to Banish Sex Offenders by Building Parks
February 07. 2013 10:46PM
Residence ban on NH sex offenders called counterproductive
"Legislation that would prevent local communities from banning sex offenders from moving into town brought criticism from civil liberties and criminal justice reform advocates, as well as the state police, at a public hearing Thursday."
Published on Sunday 17 February 2013 07:00
Flats sex offender fears not valid
"VILLAGERS who fear paedophiles [sic] might buy new flats overlooking a school have been told their concern is not a planning issue.
Several of the 17 objectors to the eight flats at Widdrington, including two who said they had worked with prisoners, expressed anxiety about people who could be attracted by the development.
Grange View First School’s Chairman of Governors Janet Bewick opposed the application at the county’s North Area Planning Committee at Alnwick last Thursday.
She said she was speaking out “because of the duty of care that we owe to the children in the school” and that it would also add to parking problems near the school."
9:56am UK, Saturday 12 October 2013
Paedophiles [sic] Driven Out By 'Pocket Parks'
"A law that stops sex offenders living within 2,000ft of playgrounds is being used to force out paedophiles from US communities."
"Council member Joe Buscaino, a former Los Angeles police officer who now represents the Harbor Gateway district, pushed for the playground to be built."