BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Neighbors of a slain 6-year-old boy are fuming over how a molester arrested in the child's abduction had been allowed to live in the same trailer park as the victim, just months after legislators passed one of the nation's toughest crackdowns on sex offenders.The biggest problem I see cannot be resolved by restrictions like these. If someone is determined to find new victims, no passive restrictions or passive controls such as GPS tracking will make us safer. True intensive supervision has much more potential to be effective or to identify parole violations, which includes pre-offense behaviors, before another adult or child is victimized.
A Georgia law passed last year prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop. That would have barred George David Edenfield from living so close to Christopher Michael Barrios, but a pending lawsuit prompted a federal judge last year to block that provision from taking effect.
Passive restrictions and controls can dovetail with these more direct controls, but they can't do an effective job on their own because passive controls can be defeated.
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