The Merced Sun Star reported on Monday that “homeless sex offenders on parole may once again live along Black Rascal Creek” as long as the landowner does not object.
Assistant Regional Administrator Bobby Haase said “parole has never been in the housing business. The department’s role is to enforce what parolees can’t do, not tell them what they can.”
Merced Mayor Pro Tem John Carlisle “appealed to Corrections’ undersecretary of operations Scott Kernan to halt the plans. Carlisle said it was the departments’ director who approved rescinding the order. In time, he hopes some solution will be found for the homeless encampments around Merced.”
Currently, the City of Merced is eligible for about $515,000 in economic stimulus money to help the homeless.
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