Sunday, April 01, 2012
Lewisville sued over sex offender residency restrictions
The city of Lewisville has been sued over its residency requirements for sex offender registrants over and above state law, reports the Dallas News (behind paywall), with attorney Richard Gladden arguing that the ordinance prevents his client from living with his family. A reader pointed out this cogent reaction from a local who argues that "This ordinance was never really meant for public safety; it was meant for demagoguery. But its effects are punitive not only on the ex-offender, who ostensibly has done their time and paid their debt, but on their families. They are saddled with an additional burden at precisely the time when they need to be helping the ex-offender get back to being a productive, contributing member of society."