August 5, 2020, 7:05 pm
The number of registered sex offenders residing in unincorporated areas of Johnson County increased from 370 in 2017 to 597 today, JCSO Chief Deputy Mark Reinhardt said. One residence that served as home to multiple offenders sat within 400 feet of a school, Reinhardt added.
County population growth in general plays a role in the increase, King said, but other factors play in as well.
“Cities have the authority to pass laws restricting sex offenders from schools and other places children are likely to be, but counties don’t have that same authority,” King said. “So a lot of sex offenders simply move out of the cities including Fort Worth and Dallas and into unincorporated county areas.”
Often times several of them live together in rent houses or mobile homes, King said.
King and other county officials have been working with state Rep. DeWayne Burns, R-Cleburne, and state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, to push for legislation granting counties the same authority to pass restrictive measures on where sex offenders may live. Although Burns and Birdwell have been supportive, they’ve so far been unable to convince the majority of their colleagues in the Legislature.
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Author: Florida Action Committee
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