ATLANTIC CITY — The police chief and public safety director will attend civic association meetings throughout the city to answer questions about how nearly two dozen parolees ended up staying at one local motel.
Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said at a City Council committee meeting Thursday that he has instituted a policy that would better alert him to possible clustering, such as happened at the Sunset Inn.
Residents expressed concern at the Sept. 11 City Council meeting, days after it was made public that 22 paroled inmates — including 10 registered Megan's Law sex offenders — were staying at the motel at 1600 Absecon Blvd.
Council passed a resolution for a "thorough investigation" into what happened. They were especially concerned about the sex offenders — most reportedly the lowest risk — were staying so close to the Martin Luther King Jr. School Complex.
On Thursday, Jubilee and Public Safety Director Will Glass attended the committee meeting, which normally is not public. But Council President Speedy Marsh decided that the portion on the parolees should be open. Only The Press of Atlantic City attended.
Jubilee told them he was sent a letter for each parolee, but — as they were released over several months — it had not been realized that so many were in the same place.
The State Parole Board is in charge of where parolees are sent, usually hoping to place them back home, Jubilee said. But in some circumstances that is not possible.
Eighteen of the 22 parolees were city residents.
While he would have no power over where the parolees are sent, Jubilee said he would ask the Parole Board if this could be avoided in the future.
"We have a good working relationship with them," Jubilee said, noting that in the issue at the Sunset Inn, "the public cried out to Parole, and Parole listened."
All the parolees were bused out of the city after the complainst were made.
Marsh said council would also send a letter to the Parole Board, and would be encouraging the Board of Education to do so as well.
The school board is notified when sex offenders are paroled in the neighborhood, under the notification guidelines, Jubilee said
Marsh asked that Jubilee and Glass will attend civic association meetings so that they could address residents and allow them to ask questions.
Councilman George Tibbitt said there would also be a link to the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry put up on the city's website at cityofatlanticcity.org, "so residents can check for themselves where these offenders are."
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