La Crosse Police Allow Convicted Murder/Rapist To Live Within A Half A Block From Grade School!
I can't believe I find myself in favor of a new law, but something must be done! http://wisconsindoc.familywatchdog.us if you look at the map around 809 Rose St. in La Crosse, it shows that the Three Rivers Waldorf School has an offender living 256 feet away. And the COULEE MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL has an offender living only 100 feet away!
The news story about Alvin Hughes' release said "He will be monitored by GPS and cannot have contact with minors or be within two blocks of parks, schools, libraries or day cares." If that is his sentence, he is in violation right now!
I was researching today after hearing of Alvin Hughes convicted murderer and rapist that was released (after a light sentence from former liberal Judge Roger LeGrand) tuesday to 809 Rose St. the "Attic" facility. I called the LAXPD to find out what the law is about how far sex offenders have to be from a school and was told by the "duty sergeant" there that the law was 1000 feet. I called the Department of Corrections who runs the Attic facility and spoke with Jane Jacobsen (Alvin Hughes' parole officer) and they said there is NO state law or local ordinance in LAX regarding this. The only restriction is the person's sentence and/or Department of Correction "rules". I called back to the LAXPD and the sergeant admitted he was wrong that there is no law, but that's what they "go by".
I then talked to the chief of police and he said the "the Attic facility got grandfathered in". I said "grandfathered in to what"? Since there's no law about it. He then said he would have to research it and get back to me on it. This is just frightening that our police department has no real idea of the laws, and no one seems very concerned about a sexual predators living across the street from grade schools and playgrounds!
Laws that restrict where registered sex offenders may live have become increasingly popular during the past decade. At least 30 states and hundreds of municipalities have enacted laws that bar sex offenders from residing near schools, parks, playgrounds and day care centers. The specified distance from a school or other venue is typically 1,000 feet but varies from 500 to 2,500 feet.