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Homeless Sex Offenders Should be Moved to Providence

1 of 2 areas in Rhode Island that house Sex Offenders in a Homeless Shelter is Cranston & Providence. Your taxes pay for them, have a say and demand a change.

At anytime during the "talks" with Keep Cranston Safe group and other officials I wonder if new sex offender housing has been considered at this vacant building, which was the former Boy Scouts Lodge, 175 Broad St., Providence (across from Crossroad Shelter) ever been considered?  

The property is noted here:  http://www.artinruins.com/arch/?id=decay&pr=175broadst in Urban Decay, as it is in decent shape, but it clearly has been unoccupied for years, and a “For Lease” and “Will Build to Suit“ sign placed outside the building from Paolino Properties indicates that the structure itself may not be long for this world.  It’s location is prime, right on the edge of the highway and Service Road Seven, near the downtown core.  After talking again with Mr. Albert Melikian (President, Crime Watch Glen Woods), about this building and the potential rehab of it, it seems to us it will be less costly that that of the McDonald house at the ACI.  Not to mention, it would be out of our City.

They are considering placement in another facility at the ACI, the McDonald House, which will continue to further burden to our community.  As it is, the current Sex Offenders are made to leave at 7 AM and return by 7PM to Harrington Hall.  S.O.'s are encouraged to go the the Providene Crossroads during the morning for breakfast etc.  So, wouldn't it make sense to suggest this location??? 

Another alternative could be Ladd School in Execte, RI??  http://www.opacity.us/site80_the_ladd_school.htm  We just assert that these options would be better suited for our community.

NOTE:  Senator Hanna Gallo put in Legislation after I went to her asking for a buffer zone where children are abundant, such as:  Schools, Daycare Centers, Playgrounds, Libraries etc.  The initial pitch was for 2,000 square feet (consistent with average being 1,500 sf around the country), and was watered down to 300 sf.  Why?  Oh, we were told that Rhode Island is a small state and therefore S.O.'s don't have many places to roam and live.  I ask you, if you had an alcoholic, would you have him reside in a liquor store?  Now the ACLU is suing over this buffer.  WTHeck!

Let's NOT take this quietly while they do their back room dealings.  If you have been unable to call the Governor on this, you can come to the Glen Woods Crime Prevention - Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM at Glen Hills Elementary School.  This is for ALL of Cranston.  The discussion highlights will also add emphasis to break-in's being up all over the City.  Bring support by coming to this meeting.

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John September 08, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Crossing a city border will not make the problem disappear. Instead, we should be thinking long and hard about why we are providing free housing to criminals at all.
Bob September 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I say move them to Gitmo.....Guantanamo Bay......they offer nothing to society....
Suzanne Arena September 08, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I agree that crossing borders will not make S.O.'s disappear. For me, all.Level III's should be tattooed between the eyes with those Scarlet letters....and yes, be sent off to an exclusive island that we can build a beautiful hotel and only pay for guards with heavy artillery and a Shoot to Kill order. In the end it would be far cheaper and they can do what they want to eachother. Candy store will be closed to them.
Maya Lincoln September 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Suzanne, what a brilliant idea you have. I am very proud of all the work you are doing to keep kids in the city of Cranston (and everywhere) safe. I also feel that the old Boy Scouts building would be a great shelter to send the S.O. It is right across from crossraods, where they could go. But, lets also hope they have security guards that would police the both places 24/7, so that there are no further incidents. Also, they should not just be living there for free. In exchange for living there, they should be mandated to do hard labor. It should involve supervised work cleaning the bathrooms at Kennedy plaza and doing other types of work detail. Also, having them help serve food to the homeless at crossroads (supervised of course) would be another way for them to earn their "free shelter". P.S. I also agree with Bob and Suzanne, especially with the level 3. It is sad that they are even allowed out in the public, which many at this level are very high risk to strike again.
gertie September 09, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hard labor is also justified!! After all, they are NOT on vacation, correct? These sick criminals need to pay for every single day they are still taking up space! Personally, I believe in what my generations before me taught... "EYE FOR AN EYE"! Just take away what ever the abuser took away AND hands too.
Suzanne Arena September 10, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Thanks Maya for commenting. I agree with your assertion to have them work more. Many States have actually tried to implement a payment for work which actually helps their self esteem - - perhaps, curtailing the urge to repeat an offense. I remember asking about the Chain Gang platform to start here and I was told that it would never happen, as we are not the South. (Scratch scratch)
Suzanne Arena September 10, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I'm with you Gertie, but the reality is we have the ACLU who prides itself on representing such parasites. Don't get me started!
ANDY CUFF September 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Your facts are wrong agin!! They leave at 7 and can be back in at 5. Since there are 100 other sex offenders that live in Cranston that arent homeless are you concerned about them in the neighborhoods? I am obviously YOU ARE NOT!!!!!!!!!
Suzanne Arena September 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Andy, not sure what your problem is...but you should put a little sugar on that tongue...you come off confrontational and negative. "Your facts are wrong again", hmmmm, since i don't recall seeing your name before...i am going to presume you are someone with an ax to grind and try and ping me with your lemon pistol - LOL! The MUST be back by 7, otherwise they will not get a bed. YES, they "Can" be back at 5. You aimless point about the time is just stupid. "I am...YOU ARE NOT!!" ...Na, na na na na! Really, this your point. Cellophane rubbish. Did you go to the meeting Andy? Do you make your phone calls and write to the Governor Andy? What is Andy doing???


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