Since he was released from prison almost five years ago, John has never had a place he can call home. Residential restrictions on individuals convicted of certain sex offenses in Miami-Dade County have rendered hundreds of them homeless. John not his real name was convicted in of a sex offense involving a minor.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. With a catchy beat and '80s-style cinematography, the four-minute spoof of the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" mocked the way sex offenders are shuffled from one location to another under the guise of public safety.
But for three years now — pushed by local laws that bar them from living within 2, feet of where children gather — more and more criminals have moved in. At least 70 convicted sex offenders live here now, in a shantytown on Biscayne Bay with trash piles clawed by crabs. It has become what even law enforcement officials call a public-safety hazard, produced by laws intended to keep the public safe.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Cradling a heavy box of Budweiser against his flour-dusted apron, Mario Medina clicks open the door and greets two waitresses behind the counter at La Cascada, a retro Cuban pizza parlor in Northwest Miami-Dade. Besides the voice of a sports commentator on the TV and sporadic blips from arcade games in the back, the restaurant is quiet, and all five tables are empty.
After passing a series of restrictive housing laws, Miami-Dade County faces an odd predicament: bands of nomadic sex offenders and a cat-and-mouse game to move them. By Beth Schwartzapfel and Emily Kassie. Feature Filed a.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Ever since the Julia Tuttle Causeway became an encampment for sex offenders more than a decade ago, officials have been trying to shoo the group away from the rest of civilization.
The number of sex offenders and predators living in Florida has been rising steadily for more than a decade, according to a new report put together by legislative auditors. The report issued late last week stated that nearly 29, registered sex offenders and predators now reside in the state. That's an increase of 53 percent sincewhen state legislators first ordered their auditors to review the state's efforts to keep an up-to-date registry of sex offenders.
Constitutionality of sex offender registries in the United States. The Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony also called " Bookville " by former residents was an encampment of banished, registered sex offenders who were living beneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway —a highway in Miami, FloridaUnited States—from to April Since Book was also head of the Miami Homeless Trust, he was also in charge of finding housing for the released sexual offenders.
At that stage of dementia, many families would consider admitting him to a nursing home, but Devita said she has a list of assisted living homes that have rejected Bailey. The problem is sparking a national crisis of social and justice policy: How and where do we allow the most-reviled class of citizens to survive their silver years — especially those with serious age-related medical problems — after they have served their prison terms, while striving to protect children who may be living nearby? The state policy for long-term care homes is this: Management can choose to accept or reject applicants.
The Julia Tuttle Causeway is one of Miami's most beautiful bridge spans, connecting the city to Miami Beach through palm-tree-filled islands fringed with red mangroves. But beneath the tranquil expanse sits one of South Florida's most contentious social problems: a large colony of convicted sex offenders, thrown into homelessness in recent years by draconian residency restrictions that leave them scant available or affordable housing. They live in tents and shacks built from cast-off supplies, clinging to pylons and embankments, with no running water, electricity or bathrooms.