Hamilton has highest concentration of sex offenders

(Update)

Disturbing new information released about the number of registered sex offenders living in downtown Hamilton. The data was released by Queen’s Park and shows one area of the city’s downtown has the highest concentration of registered sex offenders in the province. There are more than 350 sex offenders living in the city of Hamilton. The information was  obtained by Global News after a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada. Here’s a look.

This is the stretch of Hamilton with the highest concetration of sex offenders in southern Ontario — York Boulevard from the city centre west.

Much of it a residential area of houses, apartments and schools.

The news of the high number of sex offenders in the neighbourhood is making people uneasy.

“Sometimes people change but usually they don’t. If they did it once they could do it again. And I don’t want to be around that.”

“You’re always worried about things happening, untoward things.”

“I guess it’s dangerous, it doesn’t, I guess for girls it’s kind of scary to be walking around the neighbourhood because of the sex offenders right?”

“Extremely uncomfortable knowing that there’s sex offenders around yeah, yeah.”

The registry was set up to deal with dangerous, high-risk offenders, so police know where they are.

Their addresses are not usually released. The latest statistics refer only to postal codes.

In the overall city of Hamilton, of the 350 registered sex offenders, 200 live below the mountain. Sex offenders who’ve done their time in prison or been convicted with no jail time.

Jason Farr: “In terms of how the community may relate to this particular statistic I cant think of any one person that would be happy to see we’re on the map with 200 sex offenders in a fairly centralized lower city area at all.”

Councillors like Jason Farr have just been getting the figures, and says they can start asking questions now about why this is happening and what to do next: “This conversation is just starting. This information is going to be disturbring to some.”

The York Boulevard stretch includes a halfway house for convicts making the transition from prison to life on the outside.

Under pressure from the city, it’s going to be closing by the end of the year and Farr says that will bring down the number of sex offenders in that stretch of Hamilton.

But that has just 24 beds. A small part of the overall figure. While the police know about the registry, the politicians are just finding out. I talked to Mayor Bob Bratina about this today. He’s issued a statement saying he’s “profoundly disappointed not to have had a report on this from the responsible agencies.” He says the city needs to to hear from them on the degree of risk that exists to city residents.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. THIS INFORMATION INCITES FEAR IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE FORMER OFFENDERS LIVE, AND WILL LIKELY PREVENT SOME PEOPLE FROM MOVING THERE, BUT NOTHING ELSE. HERE’S WHY:

    (1) The sex offender registry has not solved a single crime in a decade-and-a-half
    http://www.priv.gc.ca/parl/2010/parl_20100415_e.asp

    The following is Why the registry is ineffective in its intended purpose, which is to assist in solving crimes.

    (2) former sexual offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of any offender group. Most never reoffend
    http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/sx-ffndr-rcdvsm/index-eng.aspx

    (3) most sex offenses are committed by first-time offenders- those not on any registry and;

    (4) the vast majority of sexual offenses are committed against someone the offender knows- not against strangers.

    (5) Making it difficult for ex-offenders to reintegrate into society actually increases recidivIsm rates.

    The information about what general area former sex offenders live will do nothing to ‘protect society’- better to ask where convicted drug dealers, child beaters, arsonists and convicted terrorists live- all have higher rates of recidivism than sex offenders.

    IT’S ABOUT TIME THAT WE EXAMINE THE FACTS SO THAT WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON WAYS TO PREVENT OFFENDING RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON LOW-RISK FORMER OFFENDERS.

    http://canadiansforajustsociety.webs.com/

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