If you haven’t heard about the sex offender problem that Garden Grove is experiencing, go here. I’ll wait for you.
Let me just begin by stating, I don’t like sex offenders. As a mother, they give me the heebie-jeebies. And even though I can dig down, way down, into my humanity and realize that most sex offenders were themselves abused sexually, it still doesn’t mean I want them anywhere near me or my family.
And neither, apparently, does anyone else.
Which is totally understandable.
But, after they have served their sentences, we as a society have no choice but to let them back in. Technically, they have paid their debt, and as long as they follow the guidelines set by law enforcement, can we really force them out of anywhere we’re not comfortable having them? And, to give a little credit, these are the offenders that are following the rules of reporting their place of residence. Some of them do not do that, and drift off to who-knows-where without anyone knowing their past.
Perhaps it is because we know that among sex offenders, there is a high rate of recidivism. Without some major, major rehabilitative efforts, which even then may not work, they commit again. As for the high concentration of them in a couple of motels, I would rather them be concentrated in one area that I can be sure to avoid rather than spread out over a wider distance.
Short of having some kind of sex offender colony which is walled off from the rest of the world, all we can do is gain as much knowledge as we can to their whereabouts and take care of ourselves and our families as best we can.