19 men who are registered sex offenders living at Wayside Cross Ministries have been given roughly a month to find a new place to live. The men must leave the group home by Jan. 15 because police have ruled it is too close to nearby McCarty Park.
Per Illinois law, sex offenders are prohibited from residing within 500 feet of a playground. Previously. McCarty Park was not classified as a playground, but police say Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office ruled that the park is, in fact, a playground.
The registered sex offenders received a similar eviction notice in July, but the city appeared to stop pursuing the eviction. The issue was then addressed again by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. If the men do not relocate by Jan. 15, they may be subject to prosecution.
I will agree with the court that a public park should be considered a prohibited sex offender area.
I am all for the idea that most people should be given (a chance to earn) a second chance. However, the unfortunately, the recidivism rate for criminals is very high and the rate for sex offenders is even higher.
Living quarters are in the upper left of the below photo and the park is the lower right.