Are Your Children Safe in Marion County?
Where Can Sex Offenders Not Live?
Research and Data Provided by STLP Team: Grant Brown and Luke Glasscock
After researching KRS (Kentucky Revised Statues) information, our team discovered that there is no clear data on where sex offenders cannot live, other than within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare or community park.
We thought that it would be important to apply this information to my community in Marion County to see if known sex offenders were within these boundaries.
¨KRS 17.545 prohibits registered sex offenders from living near schools, daycare facilities and publicly owned playgrounds. These offenders are prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a high school, middle school, elementary school, preschool, publicly owned playground, or licensed day care facility. The measurement is taken in a straight line from the nearest property line of the school to the nearest property line of the registrant's place of residence.
THE PROCESS OF OUR PROJECT:¨
The project we’ve been working on is finding out where sex offenders can and cannot live. We chose this project because there was no other map anywhere with this information. First, we researched information about laws with Kentucky Revised Statues an online website and had a private interview with the sheriff. The next thing that we did was to find the coordinates of all of the schools, daycares and parks in Marion County through going to the addresses we found online (Marion County Public Schools page and ChildcareCenter.us). We used an online converter (stevemorse.org) to change the addresses to coordinate points. Then we put the coordinates into ArcGIS, where we used the analysis function to put a 1000 ft. buffer around the schools and daycares. Last we named all my buffer points to represent all these places, completing my project.
DIRECTIONS FOR USING OUR MAPS:
Click on the Link Below to view the Marion County, KY Sex Offender Registry Map
Then compare to our maps of our local schools, daycares, and parks.
Interview with Marion County Kentucky Sherriff