After five months of scouring Milwaukee County for places a controversial group home for sex offenders might be built, a government committee disclosed four possible sites yesterday, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The short list drew immediate political heat. Among a preliminary list of six possible locations mailed Friday, two addresses didn’t even make it to Monday, cut after pressure-sensitive landowners opted out.
“You know we don’t want it. That almost goes without saying,” said Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton. “Whenever these things pop up, people don’t want sexually violent persons in their neighborhood.” Much of the debate can be traced to fumbling attempts to place a convicted sex offender in a suitable area of Milwaukee County.