Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Problem: Nobody wants to live next to a sex offender

NY Times   Two trailers in this wealthy beach town stand as testament to an increasingly intractable problem for localities across the country: where to let sex offenders live after prison. 

 The cramped trailers house convicted rapists, sexual predators and child abusers, about 40 sex offenders in all. They are stuck here in large part because Suffolk County, like many jurisdictions, has in recent years passed laws that bar convicted sex offenders from living near schools, day care centers and other places with children. 

The restrictions are so sweeping that it can be difficult for the offenders to find housing, leaving many homeless, officials said.

Suffolk County, on Long Island, installed the trailers, after the authorities discovered that sex offenders had crowded into cheap motel rooms, sometimes down the hall from families with children. Around the country, similar clusters of offenders have been found in campgrounds, under highway overpasses and other isolated spots.


  1. not very neighborlyFebruary 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I live next door to a pedophile, living in the house before being convicted. We have a restraining order against him filed on behalf of our children but still he photographs them constantly in violation of the order. The police cannot understand why we are upset that a child pornographer is photographing our children.

    No one wants to live next to a sex offender and now that it is part of the public record, my house is also not marketable.

  2. I wish to know what measures Halacha has for such cases, especially in talmudic literature. In Western countries there is imprisonment, chemical castration, electronic tagging, therapy.
    What do the Jewish sources say?


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