Miami Commission Sues State Over Sex Offenders

MIAMI (CBS4) – The Miami City Commission is taking up its battle against homeless sex offenders again. Thursday, the commission voted to sue the state of Florida to stop sending sex offenders to live at the corner of NE 10th and 79th Street in Miami.

“It is an inappropriate use of that function of government to place sex offenders in the city of Miami,” said Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who proposed the lawsuit.

Miami Police said 23 registered sex offenders now call that 79th Street location home and sleep on the sidewalks every night. They said the offenders are there because local restrictions prohibit them from living near schools or daycares.

Police said it was the sex offenders that told them probations officers directed them to that location.

“Some of them had very synonomous stories which was I got out of prison I go see my probation officer,” explained commander Manuel Morales, city of Miami Police. “First question they ask me was where are you going. He says I got no where to go. So they hand me this little piece of paper that says the address of 970 E 79th street. So two or three of them gave me the same story.”

The department of corrections denies sending sex offenders anywhere. But Miami officials said that is the same story corrections gave them years ago when a small city of sex offenders was growing under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

The Miami City Commission also voted to have a city attorney and the Chief of Police draft state legislation to share the sex offender burden all over Florida and find a permanent solution. They have sixty days to report back to the commission.

  • oncefallendotcom

    It is an “inappropriate function of government” to release registrants to Miami? So is Miami FINALLY admitting they intend this law to be BANISHMENT?

    The thought of Miami suing Florida for the mess MIAMI created is the dumbest news story I’ve ever seen.

  • Sex Offender Issues

    This just shows how these idiotic politicians are wasting your tax payer dollars. The state passed the 1,000 foot law, but the city didn’t think that was good enough, with the help on Ron Book, so they upped it to 2,500 feet. That is exactly why these offenders are homeless and roaming around without homes and jobs. Repeal the draconian 2,500 law, go back to the 1,000 feet, and most of this will vanish! Surely the judge will throw this out of court since it’s the law the city passed that is causing the problem.

  • Moses Gilbert Jr

    The Miami City Commission creates laws that make it i impossible for a person convicted of a sex crime to find a place to live and work

    Their obvious attempt to force these people out of Miami has come to bite them in the ass. So do their take responsablity for their own actions? No they sue the State.

    I have nothing but contempt for these cowards who have used others to achieve their political goals.

    Despite what the Government and media has groomed society to believe, A person with a sex conviction is not synonymous with boogie man. These are real human beings who have lost their way.

    But does the city help them to rejoin society? No, they create even more laws to keep that from happening and then cry foul when their own actions come back to haunt them.

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