GA Sex Offender Probationers Live In The Woods


Nine homeless sex offenders have set up camp in a densely wooded area behind a suburban Atlanta office park, directed there by probation officers who say it’s a place of last resort for those with nowhere else to go, the Associated Press reports. They live in tents surrounding a makeshift fire pit in the trees behind a towering “no trespassing” sign, waiting out their probation sentences as they face many living restrictions under one of the nation’s toughest sex offender policies.

“It’s kind of like a mind-game, it’s like ‘Survivor,'” said William Hawkins, 34, who was directed to the campsite two weeks ago after being released from prison for violating probation for failing to register as a sex offender in Georgia. The muddy camp on the outskirts of prosperous Cobb County is a consequence of Georgia’s sex offender law, which bans the state’s 16,000 sex offenders from living, working, or loitering within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks and other spots where children gather.

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