No Offense Zone: Dallas Considers Restricting Where Sex Offenders Live

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DALLAS — Hey, if you’ve got kids, it’s a no brainer… you don’t want registered sex offenders live near their school, playground or daycare center.

“I don’t think child molesters should be anywhere near children, near any day cares or any facilities where children can be,” Cassie Hill said.

Shakela Berry agrees, “It brings up a concern on whether or not you can let your children go out and play without being snatched or harassed.”

Turns out, the City of Dallas doesn’t have buffer zones, like many cities do, restricting where more than 3,000 sex offenders in Dallas can live.

Mayor Mike Rawlins pushed the city council to look into the matter.

“It seems to me that it is a quality of life and a public safety issue,” Mayor Rawlins said.

Councilman Dwayne Caraway echoed what a lot of folks want, “I think those sex offenders of children are not to ever see the light of day again.”

But he also recognize the reality of what restrictions would mean. “Where would they go? And which corner could a sex offender live in my district?”

The City Attorney’s Office and DPD outline the limited restrictions that are currently in place and talked about what other cities and states are doing to create pedophile-free zones.

DPD supports the idea of creating buffer zones to keep offenders a certain distance from kid-friendly places. But others argue that could create clusters of pedophiles who can only live in certain areas.

The council decided not to take action until they research the issue more.

But folks we talked to didn’t need extra time to decide what they think… like Dallas resident Austin Clark.

“It makes me pretty nervous knowing that they could literally be right next to you watching your kids, watching your family and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.”