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Duluth, Minnesota City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Residential Locations for Level 3 Predatory Offenders

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Duluth, Minnesota City Council recently passed an ordinance by a unanimous vote as to restrictions as to where Level 3 Predatory (Sexual) Offenders can live within the city. The new city ordinance would prohibit these sexual offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of an school, playground or day care center. Ordinances like these make it more difficult for sexual offenders who have been released back into society to find affordable housing. The mission or goal of such ordinances is to protect the safety of children from those who have a history or propensity to victimize children. Of course, not all sexual offenders repeat their crimes. Furthermore, not all sexual offenders victimize children; however, if the ordinances protect children – they make sense. There would be challenges to such ordinances. Passing new laws is not always easy or popular. Keeping children safe with new laws or other actions simply makes sense. See Duluth City Council passes ordinance limiting where sex offenders can live