Restrictions and observers hem in Lansing’s convicted sex offenders

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By Jasmine Seales
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

In The Greater Lansing area as of now, there are about 929 registered sex offenders, according to the Lansing State Journal. Of those 929, 71 percent are Tier 3 offenders, meaning that they have committed the highest amount of crime that they could commit.

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There are a multitude of bans and rules that sex offenders in Michigan must comply to, including being banned from working, loitering and living with 1,000 feet of elementary and high schools.

Often times, due to pressure from the public, sex offenders are badgered by other citizens, especially parents to either be fired, or not be hired or picked for jobs, organizations, and other things of that nature.

According to Lansing parent Maggie Hauser, she looks at sex offender websites to keep track of the sex offenders in her area.

“I feel like I need my young children safe. Yes, I do watch the sex offenders, and make sure they are no where around any of the neighborhood kids, and report things if I feel like they are suspicious. I don’t feel like anything is wrong with that,” she said.

Lansing police also state that it is not uncommon for local residents to report sex offenders doing suspicious acts in their neighborhoods.

“Many times reports from locals are very helpful. Many sex offenders are noncompliant when it comes to reporting required information to law enforcement. It helps with tracking location,” said Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski.

On a different scale, other Lansing residents have a softer spot for some sex offenders.

“I feel bad for sex offenders who are harassed, and living in poverty for a crime that may have been committed tens of years ago. Many people are registered sex offenders for their entire lives, even if they haven’t committed a crime in 30 years,” said Lansing local Robert Hughley.

Monica Jahner, who is manager of the prisoner reentry program affiliated with Northwest Initiative, also agreed with this statement.

Jahner says that she helps former prisoners, including sex offenders apply to schools, apply for their license, for food assistance and to get help getting clothing, but some laws prohibit her from doing so.

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