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March 11th, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Sex offenders and "pocket parks"

Brooke Baldwin and her Hot Topics Panel discuss communities that are building tiny parks to force out sex offenders.


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  1. sheliedwesuffer

    Although, as a mother, I appreciate the comments that have been made about protecting children, the panel members really need to understand what they are talking about a little better. Those "sex offenders" who are being pushed out were not all convicted for child molestation; you could be forcing people who were falsely convicted, convicted of "victimless crimes" or convicted of concentual statutory rape to be homeless. These people are of no danger to your children, why should they continue to be punished by you? Additionally, studies by numerous states and the federal government have shown that the recidivism rate of sex offenders for additional sex crimes is less than 3%, that is lower than any other crime "genre" in our society. Is it really worth the resources being expended to push them out? Especially since the existence of parks only stops offenders from having their legal address in the area, not from traveling through the area. My guess is that if an offender was really looking for a child to harm, your pocket parks are the first place he is going to go.

    March 12, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  2. peacesinger

    People really need to be educated about what sex offense is and isn't in this country. The comment about stable home lives is very important. Most of what these parents are afraid is simply based on that fear. False Evidence Appearing Real.
    If a story was done that included the real story about sex offenders, and people stopped paying so much attention to the False Evidence that is rampant in our country, there would be no need for the pocket parks. Other countries are dealing with this sooo much better than we are. There is still plenty of stigma and bigotry, but at least some people are starting to take their heads out of the sand and actually DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM instead of coming up with these crazy non-solutions.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  3. mvh

    unfortunately many sex offenders are in your own home or next door or at a family gathering. That's where they really are!

    March 25, 2013 at 3:42 am |
  4. tom

    Many cities/states have now included people who were caught relieving themselves, often at night with no children around who were out clubbing and could not find a place open at 3 am, and prosecuting them as sex offenders. The law was originally written to try to stop homeless people from using the streets for the same reason. Prosecutors are not given a choice as to whether should be prosecuted as a sex crime or not. So next time you go camping in the woods, or go fishing with your family, I hope you have not gone too far from your RV or Campsite, because often pissing in the woods if caught, will get you labeled as a sex offender too.

    Also let's do a proper twist on what Jawn was saying. Let's round up all families with children under 18 and stick them in Wyoming. With all those Moms in SUV's on the phone with children screaming in the back off the roads of the other 49 states, the rest of us can enjoy a reduction in our auto insurance rates.

    March 29, 2013 at 5:40 am |
  5. JEV1A

    "Lets be afraid, be very afraid of the redneck biker with the assault rifle living next door! Lets be afraid of the white supremist living next door? How about the boozer that is beating his wife and kids up all the time. Only 3% of non violent offenders re-offend but are subject to the worse human conditions possible! Their pics are all over the internet, they are subject to violence against themselves, not being able to rent a house or apt, not being able to live near a school or park and now this. This witch hunt is worse than Salem, Mass. in the day. We are giving RSO's slow death sentences and not caring about their rehab. Once a perv always a perv is what the courts are saying. In Daytona Beach, FL the mayor said.. I don't care if they move to the ocean.. they are not going to live in my city! Even with post trial, sentencing etc, they are still being punished. Most abuse happens with friends and family members and never forget it.

    April 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    I guess people just od NOT get it! There is no rehabilitating sex offenders and still we are spending $ on these programs that have been proven NOT to work! Fed up and disgusted at the system giving a slap on the wrist and then offenders do it again and again until finally they end up brutally murdering someone!

    April 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
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