Georgia Sex Offenders

ATLANTA (AP) _ Georgia's attorney general asked the state's top
court today to clarify its ruling striking down a law limiting
where sex offenders may live.
Thurbert Baker said there is confusion about whether the
decision applies to all 11,000 sex offenders in the state or only
to those that own property. The Georgia Supreme Court last week
found the law unconstitutional because it violated the "takings
clause,'' effectively forcing homeowners to abandon their property
without compensating them.
Passed in 1996, the law banned registered sex offenders from
living within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and other areas where
children congregate.
The court warned that sex offenders could be forced to leave
their homes if a facility catering to children springs up nearby.
Civil rights groups have fought the law, saying it could leave
Georgia sex offenders with few housing options and could backfire
by driving them underground.


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  • by Shuler Location: Florida on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    I am in agreement with your comments. I was sentenced to 66 in prison for living having a relationship and a child with my boyfriend who at the time was 17. I won my appeal and received a downward departure and was sentenced to 36 months prison and 5 years of probation. I am unable to live within a 1,000 feet of a school, daycare, park or anywhere where kids regurlarly congregate. Leaving me homeless with the only option to live in the woods with sex offenders which are only men. No women at all. This was my only crime and I would never choose to reoffend. My whole life has been destroyed by one mistake and now I fear for my life on the streets. There is currently no programs here to help.
  • by Jeremy Location: Atlanta on Oct 15, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    Any Bill or Law that prevents one from living where they wish, as long as no crime is being committed, is a Bill of Attainder. Article I, Section I, Paragraph X of the Georgia Constitution states that "No Bill Of Attiander Shall Be Passed". Many say that we have these laws to "prevent" a future occurance. If that is the case, then lets look at the local news that displays the black race robbing stores all over the State and pass a law that black males cannot go into a store or live near one. Afterall, the news documents their actions every night, so let "prevent" them from doing it again. See how stupid that sounds? Few realize that in Georgia, not only are sex offenders the least likely to reoffend of any other crime, but a sex offense is giving your kid a bath, or urinating in a bush. God forbid that our kids see that. Its much better to have them shot by a drive by shooter or to see drugs being sold. I now understand.
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