Over the years, the Caledonia Police Department has ousted a number of sex offenders from living in the community after it was discovered that they had violated the village’s ordinance.

But the map the village used wasn’t as clear as it needed to be and the village has been working on fixing that.

Police chief Toby Schey presented the map at the Village Board meeting on Monday, which had second reading and needs a third reading before it can been adopted.

Caledonia’s ordinance only allows placement in the village for offenders who are originally from Caledonia. Some of the village restrictions for people released after commitment as a sexually violent person (also known as Chapter 980 commitment) are:

  • At least 1,000 feet from a school, church, park, athletic field, trail, playground, conservation district, or H.F. Johnson Park (which is managed by the city); and
  • At least six blocks away from other sex offenders.

Chapter 980 is the statute that outlines how the state can commit people to a secure treatment center if they are deemed a danger to re-offend after completing their prison sentence.

For those not under supervised release but required to register with the Department of Corrections’ sex offender registry, they must live:

  • At least 2,500 feet away from schools, churches, parks, athletic fields, trails, playgrounds, conservation districts, or H.F. Johnson Park; and
  • At least six blocks away from other sex offenders.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.