Residents Upset About Potential New Neighbors

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

The Catholic Action Center is taking heat from residents near a home the Center is managing that would house criminal offenders including sex offenders.

The home is located at 946 Detroit Avenue. It is designed to help criminals who have served their time get back on their feet and to re-integrate into society. But when neighbors heard that sex offenders would also be living there, they were furious.

During a neighborhood meeting Saturday, residents expressed their discontent with representatives of the Catholic Action Center. They said they should have been more forthcoming in keeping the neighborhood aprised of the plans for the home.

The Center says the home will not house sex offenders unless they pass through a rigorous application process that would include interviews with neighbors. There would also be no more than two sex offenders living in the home at the same time. The residents of the home would abide by strict house rules and if they break them, they will be evicted immediately.

Another neighborhood meeting will be held Saturday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for neighbors to meet potential residents of the home.

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 20, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    fnord, what planet are you on?
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 20, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    "This will be an opportunity for neighbors to meet potential residents of the home." This is a joke, right...right? Can we bring the kids..maybe there will be candy.
  • by AMUSED Location: KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    Isn't the law contradicted itself? The law is that sex offenders CAN NOT live within so many feet of schools or children or does it depend on who will make money from the housing? They want to jail people for breaking the law if they live to close and now they actually want to house them that close. Something ain't right.
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:35 PM
    If parents watched their kids, there'd be no problem with sex offenders living next door. Ignore your kid's welfare and all kinds of stuff happens.
  • by David Location: winchester,ky on Jan 18, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    Ok,I understand where you neighbors are coming from,I have sex offenders in my neighborhood.I have two children and of course it is scary.What you dont understand is since lexington has come up with this law,offenders are flocking to clark county and now there al bunched up over here making it even more dangerous for my family.I feel that the matter should be directed federally and not locally.All lexington is doing is making it worse for surrounding counties,but guess what offenders still work in lex and shop in lex.The problem is they shouldnt have been released in the first place.Making them move would not stop them from repeating the crimes in lexington.


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