Atlanta, like all big cities, has beautiful parks, fascinating museums, and sex offenders. According to our research of Georgia and other state lists there were 1,763 registered sex offenders living in Atlanta as of November 27, 2018.
When you live in an area that boasts a large population, you have to take the bad with the good. Unfortunately, this means that even if your city has an exciting nightlife and fantastic restaurants, you also have more sex offenders living near you than people living in rural areas. Some neighborhoods in Atlanta have more sex offenders than others. Read on to discover which neighborhoods rank the worst.
The first of the four neighborhoods on the list is in the core of downtown Atlanta. These neighborhoods begin around Baker Street and go south, along the downtown connector to Interstate 20. Underground Atlanta is one such neighborhood.
Also in the downtown Atlanta region, the area around Phillips Arena is home to many of the city’s registered sex offenders.
The downtown Atlanta neighborhood called Five Points is considered home to sex offenders. The zip code for this area is 30303.
Centennial Olympic Park
The Centennial Olympic Park around rounds up the top four neighborhoods in downtown Atlanta with the largest number of registered sex offenders.
Industrial land near Fulton County Airport
Although there is no official neighborhood name given for this area, the thin strip of industrial land that begins at the county airport and goes southwest has many sexual offenders. This is near the area that contains Six Flags Over Georgia.
Even the zip code with the highest number of sexual predators has a ratio of about 17 people who have been charged with the crime out of every 1,000 people.
Why do so many sexual offenders reside in this downtown and industrial area? It probably has to do with the amount of affordable housing that is in the area. Many of the sex offenders who register give budget motels in the area as their place of residence. There are also transitional homes in these areas that provide support and services to recovering offenders.
If the offender was recently charged with an offense, he or she is not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of any child care facility, church, school, park, playground, gym, or school bus stop. Offenders whose crimes were committed long ago may not have to meet these housing criteria.
The governments of all 50 states maintain sex offender registries. In 2015, there were 843,260 registered sex offenders on the list. Those on the list need to appear in person to their local law enforcement agencies to disclose their personal information, address, place of employment, and vehicle information.
Even though few would argue in having such a list, it is not without controversy. Men who urinated in public or who were caught having sex in public parks after dark are placed on that list. The list also includes those who are violent predators of children. The decision on who appears on the list varies from state to state.
According to the state of Georgia, a sex offender is an individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor. A sex offender is also a person who is convicted of “any dangerous sexual offense.” The crime could have been done in Georgia or any other state besides Georgia.
Those who are required to register must appear in the sheriff’s office within 72 hours of arriving in a new area. Those who do not register, or those who register falsely, can be imprisoned for not less than one nor more than 30 years. The second time a person doesn’t register, the minimum amount of imprisonment is five years.
If a sexual offender moves, he or she needs to let both sheriff offices know within 72 hours. Juvenile sexual offenders are not required to register unless they have been tried and convicted as an adult.
A person can petition the court to be removed from the registry. Particular criteria must be met for this to happen. Some of the requirements include: if the sex offender is confined to a Hospice facility, a skilled nursing home, or a residential care facility they may be allowed to be removed from the list. If a convicted sex offender is totally and permanently disabled, or severely physically incapacitated due to illness or injury, he or she may be removed from the list as well.
Petitions must be made to the court in such cases before the removal occurs.