With barely a ripple of discussion, the Common Council voted Tuesday to approve a residency restriction ordinance that will severely limit where convicted sex offenders can live in Milwaukee.
The 8-6 vote was a shot across the bow to the state’s Department of Corrections, which has resisted city pleas to stop placing sex offenders in Milwaukee and come up with a new statewide system for placement.
Statistics from the Department of Corrections indicate more than 85% of all of the sex offenders living in Milwaukee County reside in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Michael Murphy and other aldermen have urged Corrections Secretary Edward Wall and Grace Roberts, who runs the state’s sex offender program, to sign a letter asking Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to take legal action against municipalities that enact residency restriction ordinances.
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By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel