Conn. Town Sets Zones Off-Limits to Sex Offenders
New laws will bar sex-offenders from entering parks or beaches.
Montville has enacted two laws establishing off-limit areas to sex offenders, drawing criticism from a civil liberties advocate.
The Day of New London reports that the ordinances create safety zones for children and senior citizens. The areas are marked by signs and are intended to keep registered sex offenders from properties owned and leased by the town such as the senior center, senior buses, parks, playgrounds, beaches and sports fields.
Some town councilors have argued the safety zones put registered sex offenders on notice that the town is watching them.
Andrew Schneider, executive director of the state American Civil Liberties Union, said Wednesday the restrictions trample on basic rights.
And he said the laws are ineffective because they do not focus on offenders who are a threat.