AirTalk for March 1, 2013

Harbor Gateway’s pocket park solution to sex offenders

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Flickr: Lynn Kelley Author

How will Harbor Gateway's construction of a small park, like the one featured in the photo, affect the city?

The LA neighborhood of Harbor Gateway is building a small pocket park to try and force the area's 33 registered sex offenders to move away.

Jessica's Law bans registered sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of a school or park where children regularly gather. Supporters of the park think it's a novel way to force sex offenders out of the neighborhood but civil rights lawyers are concerned the move will unfairly force sex offenders out of their homes.

Janice Bellucci, an attorney with California Reform Sex Offender Laws, thinks the new park will unconstitutionally banish people from the area; but City Councilman Joe Buscaino said he is willing to do anything in his power to keep sex offenders out of the neighborhood.

Guests:

Joe Buscaino, Councilman for the 15th District in Los Angeles, which includes San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and Watts

Janice Bellucci, attorney with California Reform Sex Offender Laws

Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times reporter following the story

Janet Shour, President of Harbor Gateway Park Organization


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