June 29, 2012

New Law Forces OKC Sex Offenders To The Streets

Clearly a law such as this has no public safety goal and its real intent is vindictive. Its a shame lawmakers cannot be forced to submit evidence of their intent, here I'd love to see it's public safety value!
6-29-2012 Oklahoma:

OKLAHOMA CITY - A new law is putting sex offenders out on the streets, according to an Oklahoma City ministry that provides housing and services to registered sex offenders.

Hand Up Ministries says a new law will force dozens of men to endure the summer heat by living in tents starting this weekend.

The ministry will no longer be able to operate the way it has for the past 16 years. There are about 200 sex offenders that call Hand Up Ministries home. By Sunday morning, 61 of the men will be homeless, living in tents spread throughout the ministry's property.

"It's a stupid law, and [a law designed] strictly for one purpose and that was to shut this ministry down," founder David Nichols said.

Nichols did not mince words Friday about the law that will be enforced beginning July 1. The law will limit the number of sex offenders who can live in the same dwelling. That means Nichols' 100 mobile homes that can hold three men each, will now only be allowed to hold one person. That's forcing the ministry to become a campground of sorts.

Seventy-four-year-old registered sex offender Arnold Holbrook is one of the 61 men who will be forced into a tent. He is hoping his sister will help him out.

"I'll do something," Holbrook explained. "I'll get a hose and turn it on." ..Source.. by Michael Konopasek

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