- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island city official is seeking tighter regulations for sex offenders staying in homeless shelters.

WLNE-TV (https://bit.ly/2ij1QfN ) reports that Cranston City Councilman Mike Favicchio plans to draft a bill to remove sex offenders from shelters. Favicchio wants to build halfway houses and develop programs to help sex offenders re-enter the workforce.

He says almost half the men who stay at the city’s homeless shelter are registered sex offenders. The shelter is close to schools and a library.

Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU, said tighter regulations will not make it easier to track sex offenders.

Brown says more stringent regulations will lead to more homeless offenders.

There is no planned date for the proposition.

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Information from: WLNE-TV, https://www.abc6.com


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