NOT WANTED: Sex offenders and reintegration — special feature coming Sept. 16

An in-depth look at how convicted sexual offenders try to fit back into society and how communities react when they do

A special feature publishing in the Mission City Record and Abbotsford News on Sept. 16 will explore the complex issues around sex offenders and what happens when they try to re-integrate into society.

Does a known sex offender, convicted and paroled, live in your neighbourhood?

With the recent controversy around the placement of James Conway in Abbotsford and then in Mission, many have been asking questions about the appropriateness of such an individual in their community.

But some say public outrage, protests and campaigns to oust people like Conway can have the opposite of their desired effect and actually make communities less safe.

Given that most sex offenders will be reintegrated into society at some point, what resources are in place to ensure citizens are safe? How are decisions made about where they will live?

What programs and services are in place to treat these offenders?

 

These are just some of the questions The Abbotsford News and Mission City Record examine in a special feature publishing Friday Sept. 16 in print an online.