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Bloomington police: 213 violent, sexually-violent parolees registered in city

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Police say the reason is because of the number of treatment and employment opportunities the city provides. Police say the reason is because of the number of treatment and employment opportunities the city provides.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill (HOI) -- -

The Bloomington Police Department held their bi-monthly community talk Wednesday evening, revealing a startling statistic: the city has 213 violent and sexually-violent parolees registered within the city.

These are individuals that have been deemed violent or sexually-violent by the courts, and who have served their sentences. 

And while that number is by no means comforting, what's worse is considering the type of sexual offenders Bloomington police see most often:

"The vast majority of those individuals are sex offenders," explained Bloomington Officer Shawn Albert, "and the vast majority of that number of child sexual offenders."

Bloomington Police say the number made the city the second-highest density of violent and sexual offenders per-capita in the state (second to Chicago) during the past summer.

The main reason, they say, are the number of job opportunities available within the city to those offenders looking to start over after serving their time.

"There's a lot of services available, whether it's drug treatment, sex offender treatment that's available in the community, and there is an employment option and community-care options available," said Officer Albert. 

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