Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Senator Linda Higgins - State Laws Regarding Sex Offender Placement
At the August 30th 'Dessert with Don" community forum the featured topic was sex offenders in North Minneapolis. In this video our state Senator Linda Higgins speaks a bit about the state law that references the mitigation of concentration of sex offenders in one area.
As most Johnny Northside readers already know, the state law is too vague and not defined or clear enough to help the northside communities that have become a dumping ground for the bottom of the barrel sex offenders that can't find housing anywhere else.
There is a movement in North Minneapolis to lobby the state legislators and department heads from various angles to get some action taken to rewrite the books to help impacted communities and distribute the burden of housing sex offenders.
Additionally, not on video, Senator Higgins was asked about the State of Minnesota's law regarding publishing, or rather NOT publishing the exact address of sex offenders residence. Her answer was that years ago the legislators decided that since there was some previous instances of angered mobs attacking sex offenders, or possibly attacking the wrong person due to misinformation, the state decided to NOT publish the exact addresses but only name the block on which they live.
She said she does not see this law changing in Minnesota, despite over half of the 50 states in the country choosing to give the exact address. Higgins said that it's likely that everyone on the block in which a sex offender lives, knows exactly what house is occupied by the sex offender. Perhaps the state legislator should consider that choosing to NOT publish the exact address is exactly what leads to misinformation and cases of mistaken identity.