A law that stops sex offenders living within 2,000ft of playgrounds is being used to force out paedophiles from US communities
Communities in the US who say their neighbourhoods have been blighted by high concentrations of registered sex offenders have found an unusual way of driving them away.
The phenomenon of ‘pocket parks’, which are built on patches of waste land, is spreading across the country and forcing sex offenders to move out.
Under Jessica’s Law, which is named in honour of nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford (pictured below) who was abducted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, anyone on the register cannot live within 2,000 feet of a park or school.
Because of that, communities that are considered “park poor”, with few schools or play areas, have become havens for high concentrations of registered offenders.
(Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 27, 2005) was a nine-year-old American girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida in the early morning of February 24, 2005. Believed held captive over the weekend, she was raped and later murdered by 46-year-old John Couey who lived nearby. The media covered the investigation and trial of her killer extensively. On August 24, 2007, a judge in Inverness, Florida sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, sexually battering, and first degree murder of Jessica.)