When a person is convicted of a crime and successfully carries out the sentence ordered by the court, that person is often then released back into the community. Those convicted of sex crimes in Wisconsin are often required to maintain contact with authorities and civil officials by registering their presence in a neighborhood if they change residential locations. This seems to be causing challenges for several post-convicted offenders whose neighbors are in an uproar because they’ve moved into their village.
Apparently, those who have filed complaints claim they were not properly informed of the men’s presence in their town. It seems that all three gentlemen are sharing a house near a local library. The particular neighborhood where the contentious debate has been taking place, however, does not have a current ordinance requiring sex offenders to register their presence in the community.
The town does have ordinances that prohibit convicted sex offenders from “lingering” in areas where children are often present. The problems intensified when the state passed a new law saying that convicted sex offenders may not live within 1500 feet of a child safety zones. Those already living in such areas will reportedly be permitted to continue doing so, once the law is made active in late June 2016.
Those convicted of sex crimes in Wisconsin have rights just like everyone else. Continual bantering or prejudice from community members can greatly impede a released offender from begin able to successfully reintegrate into society. If this type of persecution is occurring in a way that directly violates a person’s constitutional rights as a citizen, a call can be placed to an attorney to seek guidance regarding how best to handle such situations.
Source: lakecountrynow.com, “Mukwonago residents concerned about growing number of sex offenders moving into community”, Andrea Tritschler, June 10, 2016