Save Kansas's Children From Registered Child Sex Offenders: They’re Closer Than You Think
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According to The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, "the State of Kansas has no law that mandates where an offender can or cannot live, work, or go to school, nor does Kansas law allow for local jurisdictions to have such laws, however this may be a condition of their probation. The KBI does not monitor these restrictions.”
The state of Kansas has decided there is no need to dictate whether a Registered Child Sexual Offender can or cannot live next to a school where our communities’ children walk to every day.
Surely no one would allow that to happen anyways, right?
As I type this petition, I claim for a fact that currently a Registered Sex Offender with 4 counts of Possession of Child Pornography currently lives across the street from a middle school here in Manhattan, Kansas. No laws prevent this Registered Child Sex Offender or any other in the state of Kansas from staring out their window, plotting who knows what, against your children as they walk to school.
If children cannot be safe on the lawn of their school, where are they safe?
This fault in our state’s legislature must be changed.
Other States’ Progress
According to and Old Research Report document hosted by the Connecticut General Assembly, 22 states currently uphold some form of Sex Offender Residency Restriction. Below you will see some examples of laws in place mentioned by this document.
- In the state of Oklahoma, A registered sex offender cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school.
- Georgia does not allow a sex offender to live, work, or loiter within 1,000 feet of any school, childcare facility, school bus stop, or place where minors congregate.
- California dictates that a sexually violent predator or a serious paroled sex offender cannot live within one-fourth of a mile of a school, and high-risk paroled sex offenders cannot live within one-half mile of a school, daycare center, or place where children congregate.
Many people argue that not all sexual offenses are the same. There are people who have sexual offenses due to acts such as urinating in public or young adults who made the mistake of performing sexual acts in a vehicle in public. The diversity in severity a sexual offense can imply is great, which is why this petition calls for action against only persons with Child-Based Offenses to prevent any confusion.
According to an article posted by ABC News, a Texas judge went as far as ordering 14 offenders in 2001 to place 2ft signs in their yards to inform the public of their offender status with a phone number to call in case of suspicious activities.
“They were given 2-foot-wide, 18-inch-tall placards that read, "DANGER: Registered Sex Offender Lives Here" to stick in their front yards. The signs also had a list of phone numbers to report suspicious behavior.
The offenders were also given bumper stickers for their cars and portable signs with suction cups to put in car rear windows when they're riding in someone else's auto.
Onlookers will be able to identify a registered sex offender — and warn their children — no matter where they are. Bañales has no sympathy for the offenders who believe their privacy is being trampled on.”
Many people argue that creating residency restrictions for sexual offenders will cause issues in them being able to find homes and work and could result in a rise in homeless persons in a community. The potential that enacting residency restrictions only works in appealing to the public’s concerns without in fact preventing any future sexual offenses. Others argue that sex offenders must live with the potential consequences of their illegal and immoral actions.
With these potential consequences at hand, I plead for you to ask yourself this question.
Are these consequences greater than the safety the community must help to uphold in our schools?
Please, protect the children of Kansas. Sign this petition to let Kansas State Legislature know that we will not stand for people with sexual offenses against a child to be allowed the freedom to live or work near community buildings where our own children flourish.
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