Housing Restrictions on Illinois Sex Offenders

Housing Restrictions on Illinois Sex Offenders

Chicago : IL : USA | Apr 27, 2010 at 7:02 AM PDT
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A Chicago Tribune review found thousands of sex offenders remain in prison for parole because they have nowhere to live. Once they're released, these offenders tend to not register their whereabouts and are more likely to reoffend than those who are closely monitored in their neighborhoods.

Of the 1,292 sex offenders released in 2008 after serving parole in prison, 28 percent were listed as missing and unregistered as compared with 23 percent of the 1,868 sex offenders paroled into the community.

Approximately 21 percent of each parole scenario returned to prison, although community paroled offenders were returned due to technical parole violations rather than new crimes.

Sex offenders who serve parole in the community wear electronic monitoring devices and participate in weekly counseling, unlike their counterparts who are released free and clear after serving parole in prison due to lack of housing options.

While research shows that "curing" ex offenders is near to impossible, it appears a no-brainer that providing housing, electronic and other strict monitoring, as well as counseling, to offenders on parole cuts down the odds of recidivism.

In Cook County, convicted sex offenders can not live within 500 feet of schools, parks and daycare facilities. Other residential restrictions also apply.

JennieSpallone is based in Illinois, Illinois, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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