"I'm not in prison anymore," said Reg, a 44-year-old offender who served six years behind bars for molesting a minor. He declined to give his last name for fear he may lose his job as a cook. "I'm a taxpayer, I'm on probation and I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I don't want to be told to live somewhere."
You were "told" by probation to live under the bridge!
"The bulk of the felons living under the bridge _ and in tents lining the side of the causeway, in full view of tourists headed to the beach _ are on state probation. Department of Corrections officers have been unable to find suitable housing for them in part because of affordability and the local ordinances, and the men have been ordered to live at the bridge so they don't run afoul of the law."
Ron Book to the rescue!!!
Book said that he and other local and state officials are looking for a bigger place to house the remaining people. Under consideration: a vacant county jail. Book said the space could be renovated so the men wouldn't feel like they were incarcerated again.
"That's unacceptable," said Reg, shaking his head.
Your right, Real shelter with UTILITIES is a insult!
What? I thought the ONLY sex offenders in Miami were those under the bridge and nearly 3,000 others have FOUND housing???
Gasp!!! What a shock!
The ACLU's Howard Simon said it's great that the folks living at the bridge will soon get homes, but questions whether this will solve the overall problem.
I don't know about that. Ask the other 3,000 how they FOUND housing?
Rigoberto Gonzalez, a 57-year-old who served 16 years in prison on multiple child rape and molestation charges, shrugs when asked where the state should send him. He's been living in a tent under the bridge since he was released in May, and is aided with food and water from friends. Gonzalez has no family _ they are all in Cuba _ and says he can't work because his green card was taken away when he went to prison.
"If the government pays for an apartment, I'll go," said Gonzalez, in Spanish. "I would prefer to work and pay for an apartment myself. All I ask is that they treat us like people, not animals."
Hey Ron, Move him immediately...He prefers to WORK rather than beg! WOW!He adds that if he were given the option to return to Cuba _ a country he left in 1980 _ then he would go back.
Anybody got a spare boat?