The Wisconsin city of Franklin, saying that it already houses a jail and the county’s largest landfill, plans to fight plans to build a halfway house for child molesters within its borders. Franklin’s objections come as the state searches for a new home for soon-to-be-evicted sexual predator Billy Lee Morford, whose release into a Milwaukee neighborhood ignited a firestorm this month, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Franklin officials dispute Milwaukee Mayor John O. Norquist’s suggestion that a transitional facility for sexual predators could be built on Milwaukee-owned land in Franklin. “We already do our fair share of housing convicted criminals,” said Don Dorsan, Franklin council president.
The state has been scouting locations for a sexual predator halfway house in Milwaukee County since 2000, spurred by a failed three-year attempt to find supervised housing for a child molester. Dorsan objects to the idea of housing all of the county’s sexual predators in a single location, saying it “poses a serious risk to the host community.”