Neighbors say county lied about sex offenders

Posted at 1:41 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 14:41:50-05

MILWAUKEE -- Sex offenders will be moving into the south side, and neighbors are furious.

Families say they were lied to about plans to build a mental health facility in their neighborhood.

They say they only found out sex offenders were moving in five days ago.

Health leaders want to ease their patients back into society.

Parents who live next door tell us they will be scared to let their children play outside.

Those frustrations boiled over during a news conference, with the director of Health and Human Services.

"We've been moving to a community based model of care that is no longer reliant on an institution cause it's first and foremost, the right thing to do and provides people with more dignity," Héctor Colón, Health and Human Services.

"Sex offenders - all of the above will be occupying this building, are hundreds of feet from my daughter's bedroom window," says Karrie Jones, a concerned neighbor.

Official say the patients cannot have been convicted of crimes against children or be violent sex offenders. Everyone who lives at the facility near South 3rd and Uncas will be monitored 24 hours a day. The state plans to inspect this facility Friday in order for it to be a licensed facility.

Unless they know the name of the sex offender, they will never know what crime they actually committed. The director of Human Services say that is because of HIPPA laws.