Sex offender ordinance hasn’t worked as planned, putting public at greater risk

Last summer, Artrell Jones got a notice from the Milwaukee Police Department: He had to move out of his north side rental home.

Jones, a registered sex offender, hadn’t done anything to violate the terms of his sentence, which stemmed from groping a 13-year-old girl he met online when he was 19. In fact, Jones had stayed out of trouble since his conviction in 2002.

The notice alerted Jones that a new Milwaukee ordinance had gone into effect, severely restricting where sex offenders can live. Jones’ home was too close to a school.

So, for the past year, Jones, 35, has bounced from house to house, moving every couple of days. He relies on family and friends for refuge, periodically popping into homeless shelters when nobody has a room.

It’s an arrangement, he said, that can’t last forever.

In the two years since Milwaukee leaders enacted the residency ordinance as a way to push sex offenders out of the city, little has gone as planned. To read the full article follow this link


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