Twelve registered sex offenders who can’t find a place to live moved into a large trailer on the grounds of California’s San Quentin State Prison yesterday. The San Francisco Chronicle says the development provoked an angry outcry from people who live near the prison and Marin County officials who want the parolees sent somewhere else. The parolees had been living in a hotel until earlier this week, when the hotel owner kicked them out.
The dispute is an example of a continuing problem up and down the state: With increasing restrictions on where paroled sex offenders can live, officials are having a harder time finding homes for them. Placing the parolees at San Quentin is the only way to keep them from becoming homeless, which could lead to parole agents losing track of them, said one official. The parolees will live in a large trailer near a shopping area. They will have an 8 p.m. curfew and will wear satellite tracking devices on their ankles so their whereabouts are known continually. “It’s like terrorism in our community,” said nearby resident Frances Barbour, a 40-year-old mother of a 7-year-old. “We’re not safe. This is a direct threat.”