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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ind. Law - Indy City-County Council passes sex-offender ban

The Indianapolis Star reports today, in a story by Brendan O'Shaughnessy:

Child molesters caught near city playgrounds or other gathering places for children will be fined at least $600 under a proposal passed Monday by the City-County Council.

The controversial measure goes into effect immediately and is seen as one of the strictest ordinances of its kind in the nation. Some council members, however, said its toughness could spark a costly legal battle.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has repeatedly said it would challenge the ordinance, which passed 25-2, because it imposes new punishment for a past crime. * * *

Legal challenges have been filed against a Plainfield ordinance that is similar to Marion County's. To avoid lawsuits, the Indianapolis proposal breaks new ground by providing an exception: Sex offenders could visit parks and other gathering places in the company of another adult who is not an offender. * * *

A few opponents of the bill said both sides were posturing for political gain.

Here is a list of some of the earlier ILB entries on banning sex-offenders in parks.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 16, 2006 06:07 AM
Posted to Indiana Law