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Georgia Is Totally Stealing Miami's Put-Sex-Offenders-in-a-Makeshift-Camp Idea

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Either there's a glitch in the Matrix, or some government official in Georgia read up on Miami's Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony and thought, What a swell idea!


A couple of days ago, it was discovered -- presumably by some plucky local alt-weekly -- that probation officers had sent nine sex offenders to live in the woods outside Marietta, Georgia. From the New York Times:

The offenders, all of whom are men, had been directed to the spot by probation officers who said it was a site of last resort. Georgia law bans the state's 16,000 sex offenders from living, working or loitering within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks and other places children gather.

Sheriff Warren said more than 300 sex offenders in Cobb County had found places to live that complied with law. But some offenders have trouble finding affordable housing, shelters or halfway houses that meet the restrictions.

The nine men at the camp lived in tents, cooked food on a donated grill, took showers under a bag of water they filled at the office park, and were storing wood for the winter.

Apparently the men were ordered from the camp the day after it was discovered -- also sounding familiar -- and it's unclear where they are now. Please don't tell us the rednecks solved in two days a problem that Miami-Dade officials have been stalling on for more than two years. Tell us the sex offenders were just moved deeper into the woods to evade news cameras.

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