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Thursday, 12 April 2007

Sheltered accommodation for sex offenders

Five convicted sex offenders in Miami have been forced to live under a noisy highway bridge by the local authorities.
The five men live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway because of laws which prevent sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other places children gather. The law makes it nearly impossible for them to find housing.
Some of the men sleep on cardboard raised slightly off the ground to avoid the rats.
"You just pray to God every night, so if you fall asleep for a minute or two, you know, nothing happens to you," said 30-year-old Javier Diaz.
County Commissioner Jose Diaz said he had no regrets about the law he created.
"My main concern is the victims, the children that are the innocent ones that these predators attack and ruin their lives," Diaz said.
A parole officer checks on the men nearly every night as they must stay at the bridge between 10pm and 6am.
They have fishing poles to catch food, cook with small stoves, use battery-powered TVs and radios and keep their belongings in plastic bags.
Now I can just imagine this sort of thing happening over here with our 'Tough on Crime' attitude, can't you ? Sounds like they are deserving cases.

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