Claiming sex offenders near BSU and Bench schools was inappropriate, mayoral candidate JudyPeavey-Derr held a press conference Wednesday near city-owned housing on Capitol Blvd.
Judy Peavey-Derr, called on Dave Bieter to make a more appropriate choice for city-owned living arrangements for registered sex offenders living near Boise State University and three elementary schools in the Vista neighborhood.
“Behind me in some of these former hotels/motels there are registered sex offenders living in city-owned subsidized housing. At another location not far from here in the Vista neighborhood there is another city-owned facility housing 29 sex offenders within easy walking distance of three elementary schools in the Vista neighborhood,” Peavey-Derr said.
Peavey-Derr said these individuals have served their time for their crimes. And they have the right to live where they want. But she asked if it was in the best interest of the city to pay for halfway houses and subsidized housing near Boise State University and Boise elementary schools to house these individuals?
“I believe that if the city is going to subsidize housing these individuals they should find more appropriate locations than next to BSU or our elementary schools,” Peavey-Derr added.
The former Ada County Commissioner said there is a reason the laws and courts of Idaho have determined that sex offenders be registered and their place of residence be public record. She said the public has a right to know.
“These city-owned subsidized residences could be used for individuals such as veterans, the homeless, refugees, and others less fortunate. Our Mayor should have addressed this problem long ago,” she added.
“If taxpayers are going to fund the housing of sex offenders in Boise, as Mayor I would immediately form a strong public/private partnership in cooperation with all of the appropriate agencies to identify areas that would be more appropriate for these individuals,” she concluded.
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