Oshkosh seeing clusters of sex offenders

Posted Monday, March 17, 2014 --- 9:42 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Some Oshkosh residents think they are shouldering an unfair burden by having 63 percent of the city's sex offenders living in a single ZIP code.

According to the Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/Nnd5kf ), 126 of the 201 registered sex offenders live in ZIP code 54901.

Oshkosh Councilor Steve Cummings describes the area as the Department of Corrections' "dumping ground."

Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab says in most cases offenders are required to live in the county where they were convicted.

The agency says it tries to ensure the residential population density of serious sex offenders is proportionate to the number of county cases. However, DOC didn't say whether it tries to ensure proportional density within cities or counties.

Some cities have adopted ordinances to attempt to disperse offenders, but not Oshkosh.
Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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