Sex offenders barred from Hurricane Irma shelters

Randolph Lopez
September 8, 2017

"If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant we will gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail", Sheriff Grady Judd tweeted.

A Florida sheriff has offered shelter to any residents with outstanding warrants seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma - the Polk County jail.

Sexual predators and offenders, however, are never welcome at shelters, he said, and which is something they are told when they are placed on the sex offender registry.

"If you go to a shelter for #Irma, be advised: sworn LEOs will be at every shelter, checking IDs", reads the series of tweets.

The Daily Beast spoke with a representative from the sheriff's office, who said arrest was "a risk a person would run" if they showed up seeking shelter with an outstanding warrant.

She said they're hoping people who have warrants will turn themselves in and use the next few days to deal with their legal issues.

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Judd silenced those critics in an email to Business Insider Thursday, saying the Polk County Sheriff's Office doesn't arrest people for small infractions like traffic violations.

In preparation for Irma's eventual landfall on Florida, Monroe County and coastal areas of Miami-Dade County started to evacuate on Wednesday. The Category 5 storm with near record-breaking wind speeds in excess of 180 miles per hour is expected to hit Florida this weekend, but its precise track is still being determined, according to the Washington Post.

"Of all the gross things that America has invented and mass-produced, Aspiring Celebrity Tough Guy Sheriffs have to be about the grossest", David Roth said on Twitter Wednesday.

And in a joint statement, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they would focus on "lifesaving and life-sustaining activities" rather than target undocumented immigrants at evacuation sites.

"In a time of potential disaster, there needs to be a place that you can run to and absolutely know you're safe", Judd stated.

"It's a tragedy, we'll need to rebuild both islands".

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