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Proviso Probe

Friday, September 15, 2006

CRIME, you probably live within a mile of a dozen sex offenders

Sun-Times (Steve Patterson):
A County Board committee on Thursday approved a measure that would establish an e-mail notification system for anyone who wants it. "Anyone will be able to receive notification if a sex offender moves within a one-mile radius of their residence," said county Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno. "This will be a great thing for Cook County."

Sheriff Michael Sheahan is backing the plan, sponsored by all 17 County Board members, and it should be implemented by early next year.

When everybody supports something, I start to get suspicious.

Let's apply some high school mathematics to this new law.

From the Illinois State Police website on sex offender information I determined the number of sex offenders in the Proviso Township communities.

Maywood-39
Melrose Park-21
Bellwood-18
Forest Park-15
Broadview-13
Brookfield-11
Stone Park-9
Hillside-8
Northlake-7
Berkeley-2
North Riverside-1
LaGrange Park-1

Realizing that many of these communities straddle township lines, it's reasonable to estimate 130 sex offenders live in Proviso Township.

Proviso Township is 29.7 square miles. A one mile radius covers 3.14 square miles. Assuming random distribution the average person already has 13+ sex offenders living within one mile.

Does it matter if a fourteenth sex offender moves in?

My preference is that the notification system focus on sexual predators which is a smaller list of people. Also, rather than telling people when the sex offenders move in, it seems to make more sense to tell people when the offenders become non-compliant with the requirements imposed on sex offenders.

5 Comments:

  • I hope Jim Rowe doesn't accuse me of being pro-sex offender now.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:12 PM, September 15, 2006  

  • This seems like a very mixed blessing, if blessing at all. Maybe an e-mail reminder of dangerous possibilities will do some good, but I can't imagine that those who would make the effort to sign up need that sort of reminder.
    Of course someone might build a program to search THEM out for either constructive or destructive attention.

    By Anonymous i've forgoten my password, at 10:55 AM, September 16, 2006  

  • While these lists are helpful, we must all remember that these are the individuals who are voluntarily complying with their sentence. We still don't know who in our town that is not registering or has not been caught yet. We all must not get lulled into a false sense of ssecurity.

    By Anonymous Just another mom, at 2:24 PM, September 16, 2006  

  • I agree with "just another mom". what about the ones who have not been caught yet? what about the ones who are handling our children daily at are park districts and our schools? What about the ones that we all know about and wont confront because of politics and relationships.We have a lot to face in our villages and this is priority.

    By Anonymous 209 mother, at 1:35 AM, September 18, 2006  

  • Here's another site that puts the sex offenders on the map and you can visualize where they live and where you live.

    http://www.familywatchdog.us/Default.asp

    By Anonymous forest park citizen, at 11:17 AM, September 18, 2006  

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