Conn. Town Sets Zones Off-Limits to Sex Offenders

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Montville has enacted two laws establishing off-limit areas to sex offenders, drawing criticism from a civil liberties advocate.

The Day of New London reports that the ordinances create safety zones for children and senior citizens. The areas are marked by signs and are intended to keep registered sex offenders from properties owned and leased by the town such as the senior center, senior buses, parks, playgrounds, beaches and sports fields.

Some town councilors have argued the safety zones put registered sex offenders on notice that the town is watching them.

Andrew Schneider, executive director of the state American Civil Liberties Union, said Wednesday the restrictions trample on basic rights.

And he said the laws are ineffective because they do not focus on offenders who are a threat.

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  • Rudy101

    There seems to be people here who believe because they were given a list of people, that that list can be used in a democratic way to banish and isolate a person without hearing or trial and outside of a court room.

    Of course, free countries can’t do that.

    If the town is taking the Constitutional protection of the freedom of association and is doing it without regard to any individual, that registry, as a matter of law, does not have to be followed.

    It is illegal for ANY legislative body to banish ANY person without a court. A conviction standing alone is not enough. This taking of a person’s freedom is so serious and so complete and done outside of a court of law makes the sex offender registry, as a matter of law, unenforceable and null and void.

    In other words, you don’t have the power to banish and if you use it, your law is presumed to be illegal.