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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

02 June 2006

We dont care just move.....

“We don’t care, just move……”

Georgia passed a new law this past year, pushed by Governor Sonny “to protect the children”.  Now there is a part of me that firmly believes that whenever you hear that particular phrase you know that someone is about to get screwed.  Civil rights, money, something is about to get taken.  
This new law of Georgia’s makes it illegal for a registered sex offender to live within 1000 feet of a school bus stop.  It doesn’t matter if he or she has lived there for years, if they own the house or anything.  New law says they have to move.  And they need to be moved by July 1 or they face 10-30 years in prison.  In Cobb County there are over 17,000 school bus stops which make it pretty near impossible to find a place to live.  Several people have asked Capt. Tommy Eaton of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Dept where they are supposed to move to and he has told them that it isn’t his problem.  They need to tell him where they want to live and he will tell them if they can.
Some departments are a bit more concerned and at least make sounds about being trying to give people good information before they uproot them.

Now I realize folks are going to say, “So what?  These are sex offenders, they deserve what they get.”  Perhaps they do, I don’t know.    Just remember that when the rights are being taken from people they always start at the bottom.  Then they move up.
  I do find it amusing that Gov. Sonny has a campaign ad where he talks about making laws make sure that the government can’t take a man’s home for private development.  But he also passed a law where the government can throw a person out of his home for a crime he committed long ago, after he has already served the sentence the courts gave him for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't recall any official, marked, school bus stops back in the day. It was hard enough just to find out which bus numbers came down your street and where they went. There weren't any officially designated stops.

What keeps the bus from just stopping every 1000 feet, making it impossible to live on any street? I don't recall regularly having to hike a quarter mile every morning to get to the nearest bus stop, so this isn't a facetious question. Is there even any free space left if you draw a 1000' circle around every bus stop on every street?

What happens if you move and then bus starts stopping in front of your new house? Bus routes change every year.

They should add on a rider that a randomly selected legislator has to move every time the law is invoked.

7:06 PM  
Blogger gunngirl said...

These bills are ridicoulous. Okay, the sex offender thing, I agree with you. Basically, a bus stop? Not a school? That's interesting I guess. Yes, I guess it'd be easier to snatch a kid at a bus stop than the school...but still. That really doesn't make any sense.

I TOTALLY agree about the government starting at the bottom and working its way up. Nail? You hit it.

And about being locked up for a crime you committed a long time ago AND served your time? what? Seriously, they want to still come after you? What about people who have committed crimes and have NEVER been locked up? What about them?

Good post Exmi

8:32 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Wow, two peopel who agree with me. I am frankly dumbfounded.
Anon hits all of the vicious little ways this law makes it nearly impossible for a person to reestablish themselves in society.
And gunngirl sees it too. thanks to both of you.

1:41 PM  

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