Sex Offender Bill Sponsored by Cranston Representative Robert B. Lancia Passes House of Representatives
STATE HOUSE -- House bill (H-5159), sponsored by Representative Robert B. Lancia (R-District 16 Cranston), which would prevent too many sex offenders from residing in any facility receiving state funding or assistance, was approved by a vote of 59 to 8 in the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
House Bill No. 5159 would limit the number of sex offenders at any given state funded facility to no more than 10% of the population. The bill has yet to pass the Senate, before it could then go before the Governor for signature.
“I am pleased to know a vast majority of members of the House of Representatives understand the importance of my legislation and voted to pass it,” said Representative Lancia.
“One of the facilities that would be directly affected by this legislation is Harrington Hall, a homeless shelter in Cranston, which is run by Crossroads and has 112 beds. Sixty of these beds are occupied by sex offenders, many of them Level II and Level III. Every morning, they are released into the community, and there are no programs for them. My constituents in District 16 are worried about sex offenders who are being released at 7:00 a.m. and not allowed back into the facility until 5:00 p.m. with nothing to do during those ten hours. I have five schools within a very short walking distance of Harrington Hall and parents are fearful for the safety of their children. Moreover, during the summer, the children are out of school and these people are wandering the streets. It is only a matter of time before something terrible happens and then it’s too late,” Rep. Lancia added.
Hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care and psychiatric facilities would be exempt from this legislation.
Co-sponsors of House bill 5159 include Representatives Charlene Lima (D-District 14 Cranston, Providence), Michael Chippendale (R-District 40 Foster, Glocester, Coventry), Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D-District 22 Warwick), and Robert B. Jacquard (D-District 17 Cranston).
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903