North Ala. town bans sex offenders from parks

HANCEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A north Alabama town has banned registered sex offenders from its public parks.

Hanceville's city council voted unanimously last week to prohibit people convicted of sex crimes from being on city park property. The misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.

Mayor Kenneth Nail said he got the idea from California, which is considering a similar ban statewide.

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