FL: Bars Sex Offenders from Schools, Parks

April 16, 2010

wesh.com: Lawmakers Pass Stricter Limits For Sex Offenders.
Offenders Cannot Wear Costumes, Be Near Schools Or Playgrounds.

Orlando, Fla. — State lawmakers have passed stricter limits on sex offenders. The Florida House voted unanimously on a bill that bars sex offenders from coming within 300 feet of schools, day care centers, parks and playgrounds.

Another provision would keep sex offenders from wearing Santa Claus suits or other costumes that attract children. It also includes a clause that would prevent the state from labeling someone who had consensual relations with a minor as a sex offender. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Once again, not only are laws banning a group of citizens from public parks unconstitutional, but these laws are inane and unenforceable. Are they going to set up check-in desks manned by police officers with registry lists at each park? Anyone who is intent on committing a sex crime in a public park will do it without regard to a new law which prohibits them from entering that park.

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