As many of you know, I have another poll going concerning the Registered Sex Offender revision that many Ohio Senators (Republicans specifically) are looking at. Now, as this topic is debated on this forum and by those of us in Ohio locally a question was raised that is quite interesting.
Within the revision being considered is a requirement that any Registered Sex Offender may not reside within 5,250 ft (1 mile) of any school or daycare and possibly even playground. Now, with that in mind, I'd like to challenge anyone to grab a map of any Ohio city, town or village and begin to draw circles to encompass these safety zones or Registered Sex Offender Free Zones that Ohio is looking at incorporating into it's law.
There are few if any spots within any incorporated city, town or village that will be available for registered sex offenders to reside. This in turn will have the effect of forcing registered sex offenders to relocated to an area that they can find legal housing. Where will that be?
Many are viewing this as a State Mandated Urban Renewal Project. By rewriting the law in Ohio to force RSO's out of the cities, towns & villages they will be default end up in 1 of 2 locations:
1. The suburbs.
2. Rural addresses.
Since the vast majority of them will need a reasonable commute to work, this will force them into the suburbs where properties tend to have large lots and thus it enables them to find a legal residence within a reasonable commute to work.
Then it appears to create an additional problem. The majority of families in the suburbs will not want to be residing next door to a registered sex offender & will more than likely relocate to an RSO Free Zone.
So, is this a ploy by the Ohio Senate to force suburanites to move back into the cities or is it truly a law designed to protect our kids?
***Note: As some of you may have already figured out, I am all for this new law in Ohio and hope it passes, but this is an interesting debate nonetheless and I'd love to see more people participating in it.