In what seems like a daily occurrence, more communities are discussing restrictions on sex offenders. In Pennsylvania, sex offender crackdown is united with an unusual proposal:
At the last council meeting, Mr. Satkowski suggested council consider an ordinance restricting where sex offenders can live in the borough. And while they are at it, he also suggested they consider an ordinance excluding from some parts of town nude dance clubs and bottle clubs, where patrons bring their own booze.
In Indiana, one community is considering posting signs around parks that sex offenders are not welcome to help enforce proposed restrictions:
Signs barring convicted sex offenders would be posted at city parks under a proposed ordinance.
If the city council approves the proposal tonight, Jeffersonville could join the list of cities banning sex offenders from various public spaces.
Councilman Keith Fetz said he was confident his the ordinance would win broad support.
"We're addressing public safety," he said.
If enacted, the law would ban about 60 Jeffersonville residents on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry from visiting all city parks. Signs would be posted advising visitors of the ban, those on the registry would be notified and an appeals process for waivers would be instituted. Violators would be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $2,500 and also could face criminal-trespass charges.