City Looking into Restricting Sex Offender Residency and Loitering Locations
These are just of over 200 registered sex offenders living in the city of Brownsville.
As of now, city commissioners are considering adding a new ordinance that will restrict where certain types of sex offenders can live and where they can hang around.
The proposed ordinance refers to only high risk offenders and those who have committed offenses against children.
“It was brought to our attention by the Brownsville Independent School District, through Commissioners Camarillo. Now this is something they’ve been thinking about for a long time, just to kind of you know be an extra tool, I suppose, to provide a little more protection for the children in the community.” said Brownsville Assistant City Attorney, Allison Bastian.
If the ordinance passes it will create a buffer zone to reduce the contact between sex offenders and places where children commonly gather, like schools, zoos, parks and daycares.
These particular offenders would be required to live one thousand feet from these locations.
Sex offenders currently living near one of these common children's areas will not be required to move and if a school or park is built in a neighborhood where an offender already resides, the ordinance will not apply to them.
“It also deals with loitering around bus stops and bus shelters, there’s prohibition with loitering with in 300 feet of a school bus, or any bus shelter or bus stop, since kiddos ride buses a lot.” said Bastian.
The city says this is just one more tool they can use to keep children in the community safe from predators who have been convicted of preying on our most vulnerable citizens.
City commissioners will discuss and take action on this proposal at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting. Two readings and approvals are required in order for the ordinance to be passed. If approved, the ordinance will go into effect around December 7th.