Texas officials are scrambling to find a new home for 23 sex offenders moved into a north Houston neighborhood without public notice a month ago, reports the Houston Chronicle. The offenders were considered so dangerous that state officials kept them in custody after they completed their prison sentences. Angry state legislators and residents demanded the offenders – who are not on parole but are held in a civil-commitment program overseen by a state agency known as the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management –be moved.
The offenders, whose crimes range from at least two convictions for aggravated sexual assault to crimes against children, were among 30 who were relocated in late February from a halfway house in east Houston. Officials wanted them out of that pre-release center because they were occupying beds needed for parolees who were looking for jobs as they ended their prison sentences for lesser felony crimes.