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Kim Dienstmann, Fargo , Published June 07 2013

Letter: Sex offenders: Put them in jail

In reading about the challenges of sex offenders finding housing in Fargo, I have the solution. They should be in jail, or perhaps in a cemetery. They took away the “freedom” of each and every one of their victims forever with their acts. Their victims’ lives have been ruined, and where is their help? The victims require counseling; they must pay for their own and, in many cases, are unable to afford it.

Anyone with professional knowledge about the ability of these men and women to be rehabilitated understands it’s not possible. We are willing to put other men, women and children at risk so we can provide them housing until their next arrest. We are not protecting our community at all. The bigger picture would be to understand that communities are full of sexual predators. There are just so many more who haven’t been caught or required to “register.”

The predators are usually those closest to the family; they are “friends” or relatives, not the stranger down the street. Why, oh why, are we allowing them to walk free? Do I believe in second chances? Not when you have ruined someone else’s life forever ... you might as well have killed them.