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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">LUBBOCK, Texas -- The sales pitch for a planned subdivision promises safety: criminal background checks for homeowners and, guaranteed, no convicted sex offenders.<br><br>
It's a concept that might prove right for the times, said first-time developer Clayton Isom, one of three partners in a company that's creating Milwaukee Ridge on the outskirts of this West Texas city.</td>
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UUhh...uumm...I have no idea what to say. What if they haven't committed a crime yet? Wouldn't this provide a good place to do so if people are going to be relaxed about "their safe little suburb"?
 

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oops...adding link<br><br><a href="http://www.nbc4i.com/family/4572696/detail.html" target="_blank">http://www.nbc4i.com/family/4572696/detail.html</a>
 

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Stepford????? False since of security.<br><br>
Anyhow because a person isn't convicted of a sex offence doesn't mean they are safe.<br><br>
Even in a person has a criminal backgroud it does not equal evil.
 

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I think it will attract sex offenders who haven't been caught, since the people living in that neighborhood will have a false sense of security, and be less vigilant in protecting themselves and their children.<br><br>
Or, I could just say, ITA w/ abimommy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Not only will it attract offenders who haven't been caught yet, it will also cause couples in which one member is an offender to buy the house under only the other person's name. Besides, many sex offenders (and other criminals) move home with family members after being released because they need to get on their feet. So, you'll have 22 year old sex offenders moving back home with Mom and Dad...<br><br>
Did ya'll hear that Hamilton Twp, NJ (where Megan Kanka was killed) has enacted an ordinance requiring that no sex offender can live within 2500 feet of any playground, school or day care center? That's almost the entire township. There are only a few pockets, conveniently enough in poor neighborhoods, where sex offenders can now live. Thus they've been foisted en masse onto the poor communities, who are least prepared to protect themselves.
 

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I say, imperfect as it may be, good for them. There is a sex offender on my street who brutally raped a 12 year old girl. I have a 13 year old daughter, and yes you always teach them to be cautious but it's a sad thing to have to show a child that age the guy's picture and tell her to be aware of him and the danger he poses. My daughter had nightmares that night.<br><br>
I would much rather live in a sex offender free neighborhood even recognizing the limitations of the plan. I don't think it implies a false sense of security, just an effort to make our communities a little safer for our children.
 

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I suppose people can try and create whatever they like. Sorta like Manhattan co-ops that are nearly impossible to buy into-- you have to be intereviewd, have recommendations from the right people, work in the right field , and whatever else the coop board decides. What about intentional communities people are creating for families? Certainly those people are interviewed and checked out. If it's an AP community, you're not going to sell a parcel of land to a known Ezzo pastor. If MDC mamas had a million dollars to set up a gentle pareneting community, what considerations would the board put in place? What about people who sound GD on their application, but you watch them manipulate their kid into their carseat as they leave the interview-- can they still buy in? Of course, like the pedophiles, you might not notice at first... until they were living next door for a bit. Clearly we can't create the perfect communites...but people are still going to try.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I say, imperfect as it may be, good for them. There is a sex offender on my street who brutally raped a 12 year old girl. I have a 13 year old daughter, and yes you always teach them to be cautious but it's a sad thing to have to show a child that age the guy's picture and tell her to be aware of him and the danger he poses. My daughter had nightmares that night.<br><br>
I would much rather live in a sex offender free neighborhood even recognizing the limitations of the plan. I don't think it implies a false sense of security, just an effort to make our communities a little safer for our children.</div>
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Yup, lets just send the offenders to the poor neighborhoods. so long as we keep middle class white america "safe", it's all good.<br><br>
BTW, I was never attacked by a registered sex offender. My abuser had no record.
 

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This is just ridiculous.<br><br>
I think there are too many people demanding "safety".<br><br>
Get over it. Nothing is "safe". You can't live in a bubble. You just have to learn how to think for yourself and develop good judgment.<br><br>
And nearly all the people I know who were victims of incest or other sexual assault were the victimes of people who were NOT "known" to be dangerous.<br><br>
Like pastors.
 
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