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Aishia Lankford prayed every day since her daughter went missing in July that the girl would be found alive. It was almost nine torturous months, Lankford said, filled with sleepless nights and fear about what happened to year-old Breasia Terrell. But the year-old from Davenport also maintained hope that she'd once again see her daughter dance and sing to her favorite songs from Disney's "Moana" and flash her smile, which Lankford said could light up the world. Terrell was reported missing July 10 after spending the night with her half-brother at the apartment of his father, Henry Earl Dinkins, in Davenport.
Proposed legislation could make it easier for former sex offenders in Illinois to find a home and remove the threat of being forced to move if care facility locates near them. The bill sponsored by state Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, would reduce the proximity from feet to feet former sex offenders may locate from protected areas. Protected zones include daycares, schools, parks and playgrounds.
The proposal would change a requirement that forces people living in residences sanctioned under registry guidelines to move if a daycare or other protected entity moves within 1, feet of the home. House Bill also seeks to eliminate weekly registration requirements, instead relying on annual and quarterly check-ins.
Registrants would still be required to alert police of any change circumstances, including address and employment. The majority of the registrants reside in Bloomington; five are listed a homeless on the Illinois State Police online public registry.
Johnson, who represented the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation on the task force, views the distance rules as ineffective in reducing sexual violence. When the s of homeless people convicted of sex offenses multiples, the problem becomes more complicated, said Johnson. The inability to meet housing and registration requirements often le to adversarial contact with police and a return to jail or prison.
Acting Bloomington Police Chief Greg Scott said a reduction in the distance requirements from schools concerns him. The recidivism rate for those convicted of a sex crime often surfaces in the debate over rules that impact more thanregistrants in the United States.
Courts and legislators have regularly cited the faulty data in their unfavorable sex offender rulings. The task force outlined 14 recommendations, including a move to more accurately assess the risk an ex-offender poses to the community and focus registration requirements on high-risk former offenders.
The narrowly focused rules should improve public safety, the report concluded.
To date, none of the recommendations, including the creation of an independent Sex Offender Management Board with research capabilities, have been implemented. The tortoise-like movement towards any relaxation of registry rules reflects the pressure elected officials feel from their constituents when it comes to ex-offenders locating in residential areas, according to Johnson.
Lawmakers who may be open to supporting rules changes are fearful, said Johnson. Louis-based group that advocates for those convicted of sex offenses, noted that the distance rules vary from state to state.
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In Missouri, for example, the law requires offenders be 1, feet from protected areas. In Chicago, where more than ex-offenders are listed as homeless on the state registry, the advocacy group Chicago is ing forces with other social service and justice reform groups to promote changes in registration rules. There's no subscription fee to listen or read our stories.
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