A small group of homeless sex offenders have been directed by a probation officer to establish a camp in a densely wooded area behind a suburban Atlanta office park. The nine sex offenders live in tents surrounding a makeshift fire pit in the trees behind a towering “no trespassing” sign. The men have repeatedly encountered complaints from neighbors whenever they attempt to get a place to live. William Hawkins, who was cited for violating the law which requires sex offenders to register as one in Georgia, said the experience was like being on “Survivor.”
Ahmed Holt, manager of the state’s sex offender administration calls the camp a “last resort” for homeless offenders who can’t find a place to get a room. Homeless shelters are not an option because they usually contain children.
Sorry, this is not a responsible way to handle a complex issue. Certainly, a building could be identified for those who are unable to find any place to live. Living in the park is hardly the best way to handle sex offenders.