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EconoLodge Ends Contract with State to House Sex Offenders

A local motel has ended its agreement with the state to house sex offenders. The Indiana Department of Corrections says officials are now searching for a new place for convicted sex offenders to live once released from prison. Federal funds were paying for at least three parolees to live at the EconoLodge before the motel ended the contract.
A local motel has ended its agreement with the state to house sex offenders, but that doesn't mean there aren't released offenders still there.

Questions surrounding the housing of sex offenders follows last week's arrest of Timothy Blazier. He's accused of grabbing a young girl and taking her into his room. We know where he is, in the Vigo County Jail. ]

There have been up to 12 convicted sex offenders living at the EconoLodge. Only three of the rooms were being paid for by the state. The others, including Timothy Blazier, paid for their own rent.   

Federal funds pay for a place for parolees to live for up to two weeks after they are released from prison. They often choose hotels because it is one of the only places that comply with rules on the distance they must live from schools and day cares. Convicted sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of any school property. Indiana Department of Doug Garrison says it should actually ease people's minds that they are living in hotels and not searching for a place to live in other neighborhoods.

"It's our judgement that it's safer for the public to know where they are, then to not know where they are because they are being supervised properly. Many of them are on GPS so we can track them electronically, they have reporting requirements to their parole officers that really make us, to the greatest extent possible, confident that they're not going to re-offend," said Doug Garrison.

The woman who answered the phone at the EconoLodge initially said the parolees were still there. When our crews asked more questions she hung up.
 
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