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August 08, 2005

Sex-offenders not Allowed in Hurricane Shelters

In a startling move contrary to both the fifth and eight amendments, the state of Florida is forbidding former sex-offenders from going to public hurricane shelters. Instead, they are to report to prisons, to hunker down in the prison visitor areas or meeting rooms. Probably the ones with the most windows on the side of the building where the wind will be coming from.

Now to be fair, this rule only applies to those that are not supposed to be around children. But I'm thinkin' if they are that dangerous, shouldn't they still be in prison, and not out there on the streets?

And generally, hurricane shelters are small places, where you don't get much privacy and everyone kinds sleeps in the same room. I'm not sure there would be a whole lot of opportunity to abscond with a child at a hurricane shelter.

If an offender has paid their dues and served their time, they should be allowed to rebuild their life and have the same access to public hurricane shelters as anyone else.

And why does this just apply to sex offenders and not to murderers or wife beaters or others with a history of violence?


  • At August 08, 2005, Blogger J.Klein said…

    I just put up an apology to all Floridians in my comments.....

    Rest assured, when I used the term shameful I was not talking about fine, upstanding, democratic Floridians like you.

  • At August 08, 2005, Blogger cookie christine said…

    But if I told you that I voted for Nader in 2000, would you still feel the same way?

  • At August 09, 2005, Blogger J.Klein said…

    sure I would.....Nader is a-ok in my book. I may not agree with all he says, but at least he is not out burying ballots in the swamp on election night


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