Last Sunday night Blong Yang, a candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2 who is running against Linda Higgins, responded to this blogger's request for an on-the-record statement about the issue of Level Three Sex Offender concentration in our neighborhoods.
The statement is as follows, word-for-word...
The laws on sex offenders / predatory offenders are quite clear, though lengthy and sometimes hard to read. Unfortunately, sometimes enforcement has not been as good as we would all like. I would push for stronger enforcement of the laws so that (1) there isn't a heavy concentration of Level 3 sex offenders in our neighborhoods; and/or (2) even if there is a heavy concentration, law enforcement is doing its job to protect the public from Level 3 sex offenders. Stronger enforcement means more funding for law enforcement, which should happen.
I have two kids. I am very concerned about this issue. However, I also understand the economic realities faced by Level 3 sex offenders. If they've done their time, they deserve a place to live in the community. North Minneapolis is an affordable place to live for a lot of people. We, as a society, have to balance the safety of our children with the right to live of a sex offender. I choose to have faith that our laws and law enforcement will do the job to protect us.