Sunday, February 07, 2010

"The city's Public Safety Committee will begin debate next week on an ordinance that would regulate where persons convicted of serious sex offenses against persons under 14 can live. As proposed, these offenders would be banned from living within 750-feet of city-owned parks and all schools. Although current offenders would be grandfathered, this map shows in red areas of the city that where sex offenders could not move to if the rule is adopted."

- Portland Daily Sun
Dear Neighborhoods,

Please pay attention to the proposed Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Ordinance (SORRO). The map seen at is of particular concern to me. The map illustrates the effect of a SORRO with a restriction of 750 feet from schools and playgrounds, which is the maximum distance allowed by Maine State Law.

Please note the areas that are not in the restricted areas in District 2: All of St. John Valley, part of Parkside, and the West Prom and West End areas near Maine Medical Center. These areas have high percentages of multi-unit housing and are coupled with lower priced rents.

If the SORRO passed the Public Safety Committee and the City Council, then the ordinance will restrict sex offenders from living in some areas and focus them on others. Most of the Portland Peninsula would be restricted under the SORRO at 750 feet, leaving only a few areas of the Peninsula unrestricted.

Please see the article in the Daily Sun and the City Website for further information. The issue will be discussed at the Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Feel free to share this info with our neighbors.

Best Wishes,
Dave Marshall

David A. Marshall
Portland City Council Fine Artist

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