The camp is a ‘last resort’ for homeless offenders who can’t find another place to live that complies with the law. [P]robation officers direct them to the outpost if other options fail, such as transferring to another county or state or sending them to a relative’s place that meets the requirements. Homeless shelters and halfway houses are often not an option because of the restrictions that bar them from being near children.One of the sex offenders camping at the site, Levertice Johnson, 52, is represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights. After being unable to find a job or pay for the $60-a-week rent at a shelter in Fulton County, Johnson was directed to the campsite. According to the AJC, Sara Totonchi, public policy director for the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights said the following:
I don’t think it was the Georgia Legislature’s intention to render people homeless as a result of this law; however, that’s the consequence of their actions. This result does nothing to make women and children more safe, and only makes law enforcement’s role more complicated. The center has filed a class action lawsuit in federal district court challenging residency and employment restrictions for sex offenders in Georgia. Wednesday is the deadline to submit briefs to the judge.A representative of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office indicated that of the 375 sex offenders in Cobb County, 13 are listed as homeless.
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