Nearly half of the 1,079 registered sex offenders in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County are living too close to schools, says a prosecutor’s report quoted by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Officials have much more work to do before offenders are mailed eviction notices, said prosecutor Bernie Bouchard. The list includes offenders who live in a treatment facility or halfway house; they are exempt from the law making it illegal for sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a school or school property.
A new law gives officials in counties, municipalities, and townships the authority to pursue eviction proceedings against offenders found to be living too close to school property. Under the previous measure, only landlords, neighbors, and school officials could take legal action. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged it, but a a judge refused to intervene.