Registered sex offenders escambia county fl
Florida’s solution: house the convicted felons under a bridge that forms one part of the causeway.The Julia Tuttle Causeway, which links Miami to Miami Beach, offers no running water, no electricity and little protection from nasty weather.Five men — all registered sex offenders convicted of abusing children — live along the causeway because there is a housing shortage for Miami’s least welcome residents. " says sex offender Rene Matamoros, who lives with his dog on the shore where Biscayne Bay meets the causeway.The Florida Department of Corrections says there are fewer and fewer places in Miami-Dade County where sex offenders can live because the county has some of the strongest restrictions against this kind of criminal in the country.Robert Letroy Howard, 38, is being held on a 0,000 bond. Public records show he was convicted of raping two 19 year old women in 1999.
With the roar of cars passing overhead, convicted sex offender Kevin Morales sleeps in a chair to keep the rats off him.(Watch one sex offender describe how he was forced to give up an apartment ) Bruce Grant of the Florida Department of Corrections said the laws have not only kept sex offenders away from children but forced several to live on the street."Because of those restrictions, because there are many places that children congregate, because of 2,500 feet, that’s almost half a mile, that’s a pretty long way when you are talking about an urban area like Miami, so it isn’t surprising that we say we are trying but we don’t have a place for these people to live in," Grant said."Jail is anytime much better than this, than the life than I’m living here now," Morales said. "The tougher they’re making these laws unfortunately it’s scaring offenders and they’re saying, ‘You know what, the best thing for me to do is run,’" Morales said.A Miami Herald investigation two years ago found that 1,800 sex offenders in Florida were unaccounted for after violating probation.