Every state has it’s own laws in punishing sex offenders. Federal law requires all 50 states to maintain the Sex Offender Registry (this is accessible by the public)
However, in one small town in Georgia the mayor, Gary E Jones announced on Facebook that all registered sex offenders out on probation will be rounded up and detained at City Hall for 3 hours on October 31st.
“In order to ensure the safety of our children, all sex offenders (on probation) in the City of Grovetown will be housed in the county chambers on Halloween night for three hours,” read the notice.
The group consists of about 25 to 30 individuals and they will be supervised by a Community Supervisor as well as local law enforcement.
In order to ensure the safety of our children, all sex offenders (on Probation) in the City of Grovetown (area) will be…
Social Media Reacts To The Post
The post has stirred a large debate on social media, and most of the residents have given the Mayor their support, others think it’s just wrong.
“You know, I think that this is terrible..I am absolutely against any kind of sex abuse to children or anyone, but these ‘offenders’ have paid their debt to society…I pray they are walking as they should, but to place them in a building as a criminal is wrong…” wrote one user.
Those that are against the announcement have stated there is no evidence that children are at higher risk of being assaulted by a sexual predator on Halloween night, and that Jones should focus on bigger problems like children being struck by motor vehicles.
According to the National Safety Council, children are twice as likely to be injured or killed by a car on Halloween than any other day.
Another Facebook user questioned is it even legal? Is it legal?
The answer is yes, it is legal.
Paroled sex offenders can be asked to check in into a specific location at any time, including on Halloween night according to the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.
There were also Facebook users that couldn’t comprehend why anyone would think the sex offenders shouldn’t have to check in.
“I just don’t understand why so many people on here are siding with the sex offenders. It’s truly baffling,” read one comment. “That one would support a low life like that. The mayor of Grovetown has done no wrong. He is following the laws.”
“Those of you that are against this issue need to think ‘what if your child was one of the victims’ !!!! These predators do not change and there is no cure! Paying their debt to society does not prevent them from doing it again!”
What do you think about the Mayor’s decision?