Lifetime parole conditions for sexually violent predators already prohibit them from frequenting areas where potential victims can be found. A new state law, effective July 1, makes a violation a felony offense.
Brizzi's office determined the city proposal could create a situation of "double jeopardy," where a city fine could hamper his ability to prosecute the parole violation, because a person is protected against multiple punishments for the same offense.
"We don't want the whole thing to be struck down as unconstitutional," Brizzi said.
He proposed the amendment so the fines would not apply when there's an option of criminal prosecution.
As written, sex offenders could visit a public park only if they are accompanied by an adult who is not a sex offener (or at least one who hasn't been caught yet). But if the state law makes it a felony for these sex offenders to visit areas where potential victims can be found, then why are we even considering this ordinance? So Melina Kennedy and Carl Brizzi can debate which one of them is tougher on sex offenders? What a complete waste of taxpayers resources.