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Sussex Officials to Discuss Possible Sex Offender Ordinance

Trustees will look at information to help decide if village should put restrictions on where offenders can live.

Sussex trustees will meet Tuesday to continue talking about whether the village should enact an ordinance that would restrict where sex offenders could live.

Village leaders have been debating possible restrictions on sex offenders and where they can live or travel for months, however, due to the pitfalls such an ordinance can have, trustees want to discuss it as a whole before they proceed.

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Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said trustees will not take any action at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting and public input will not be taken at that time.

“This is just to educate them about what’s out there,” he said.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at .

Many communities across southeastern Wisconsin have restrictions on where sex offenders can live or where they can go in a community. While such ordinances were crafted to keep released offenders away from areas where children may be, some communities with such laws have faced large legal bills because those ordinances are litigated on a case-by-case basis.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections also has warned the village about such an ordinance because officials have found that more released offenders lie about where they live when such laws are enacted.

Rudy101 August 23, 2011 at 01:34 AM
I am not upset, Craig. See, I bait people like you. It is so easy to do so, because you haven't got a brain in your head. You don't get it. It isn't the fact of the registry, that is illegal, or what it is trying to do, however, it is this: that they give any idiot complete access to a registry which then makes people make the irrational decision to completely banish them SOLELY because of the existence of this list, or harass them, or threaten them, or put fear into them.
Craig August 23, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Harass them, or threaten them, or put fear into them....and what about the victims? Don't you think about them at all? Where do you live anyway?
Rudy101 August 23, 2011 at 02:02 AM
And what about the victim? THINK, CRAIG! You are NOT, nor can you decide what only a judge can decide, and that is the punishment of anyone. Again, what about the victims? They know how the system works. A person is sentenced. The victim even gets a chance to make their statements at a sentence. All your arguments are about revenge and hate. Hate for people based upon a silly list that a legislature voted on anyone they wanted for any crime they wanted and applied it retroactively. See the laws are applied equally to all range of people. Even non-dangerous people. Laws inherently must be fair. A registry is not, by any measure fair. And where do I live? Any where I please. That is where I live.
Craig August 23, 2011 at 02:18 AM
You are out of touch with reality. The legislature writes the laws, Judges impose the laws accordingly. Not all victims are able to speak at sentencing, some are too damaged, some are too little. I have no interest in debating the issue with you any further. I engaged you in conversation to shed some light on how you people think. I hope Sussex residents are reading this....and turn out to support the proper changes to keep scum away from their kids.
Rudy101 August 23, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Legislatures have limits on their law making power. What are they? One is a due process right before law effect individual's rights. This is to ensure the government doesn't just PASS a law that is detrimental to not only the target of the law, but the peace and welfare of society. There is a long history of governments targeting this group or that group. It is ALWAYS with a pretext of protection of some magnitude. But what they all do have in common is none of them ever had an independent forum for determining actual dangerousness before the State acted. Finally, local laws like this does NOT keep those people away from children. Why? Because children are everywhere. What the law does is is makes it difficult to find stability under any circumstances, which leaves to criminality, which leads to more victims and more tax dollars. You fail, Craig, under every single argument you can muster.

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