City's Novel Way to Oust Perverts: Build a Tiny Park
... because sex offenders can't live nearby
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2013 4:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – Los Angeles has started building a city park that will be smaller than some backyards, only one-fifth of an acre in size. No matter, explains the LA Times. The point isn't to celebrate the great outdoors, it's to force 33 registered sex offenders out of an apartment building in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood. They'll have to move by the time the park is finished this summer because state law prevents such convicts from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. Two other city "pocket parks" are in the works, for exactly the same reason, even though critics say they infringe on the rights of convicts and will force them into even more condensed pockets of the city.

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madfaery
Mar 3, 2013 3:06 PM CST
Not all sex offenders are equal, which is something the majority of the population does not seem to comprehend. Our laws are condemning a public indecency offender with the same vehemence as a pedophile! The sex offender list is a horrible and discriminatory policy that has ruined the lives of many and saved the lives of very few. I'm disgusted that Los Angeles or any place in America would be so blatantly evil, leaving a lot of harmless citizens with nowhere to live
Marelicia
Mar 2, 2013 8:54 PM CST
"They'll have to move by the time the park is finished this summer because state law prevents such convicts from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school." They should be double checking to make sure the Park is not, let's say, 2,000.5 feet of their homes. Some times contractors, engineers may measure incorrectly. Just saying. Btw, I sure would not want to be the LAPD, when the armed perverts are evicted. or forced to move by law. At that point, the perverts may feel they have nothing more to lose. Just saying, again. Good luck with that, Los Angeles.
schmidtkoff
Mar 2, 2013 7:42 PM CST
It is truly heartwarming to finally see the majority on Newser come together to rally for the perverts, the sex offenders, the child molesters, the child rapists, the child porn aficionados etc. Who knew? They hate the dems, they hate the repubs, they hate the govt. in general but wow do they stand up for the poor misunderstood perverts. Waaa waaa waaa - where will they/can they live, how will they live? Oh my, the poor darlings have no where to go. Too effin' bad. Invite them to rent a spare room in your house if you feel that strongly. Would I? Nope. I found one in my neighborhood and printed out his SLELD dossier and put it into all of the mailboxes of my neighbors. Of which at least 75% have children under the age of 17.