Suffolk lawmakers pass sex offender housing plan
Suffolk County legislators passed a sex offender housing bill that ends its controversial voucher program for homeless offenders.
Suffolk's Department of Social Services now has 30 days to come up with a new plan to provide emergency housing to homeless sex offenders. According to the bill, the plan must be equitable, cost-effective and provide some supervision of the offenders.
The bill also bans placement in residential areas and requires towns or legislative districts to have no more than one shelter in non-residential areas.
Each shelter would only be allowed to house six sex offenders and would be under supervision 24 hours a day.
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