Sex Offender Limits "to Enter Buildings" Considered by Brookfield, WI To Somehow Make Sense

Brookfield aldermen back housing curbs
Special to the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Nov. 15, 2007

Brookfield - The Common Council's Legislative and Licensing Committee on Thursday night revised, and unanimously recommended approval of, an ordinance preventing sex offenders from moving within 1,500 feet of places where children gather.

If the council approves the measure, sex offenders would be prevented from moving into about 90% of the city's residential units, according to city data.

At issue Thursday was language that would require sex offenders to obtain permission from building owners to enter temporarily into restricted areas where children could gather, such as churches or schools.

But with similar restrictions enacted in most of the city's neighboring communities, some aldermen expressed fears that Brookfield could become an island where sex offenders would relocate.
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