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FL Sheriff Judd: ‘Sex Offenders, People with Warrants not Welcome at Hurricane Shelters’

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Wowzer. I may be a Georgia peach now, but I cannot express how proud I am of my hometown and former sheriff!

Florida Sheriff Judd Grady, in Polk County, has a message for those seeking refuge from the storm: sex offenders will not be allowed in around the children, and those with a warrant for their arrest will be allowed to take shelter in the jail.

Sheriff Judd said,  “If you show up at a shelter, we’re going to shelter you safely, but it’s going to be in the county jail because we have a legal obligation to execute the warrant.”

He continued, “In a time of potential disaster, there needs to be a place that you can run to and absolutely know you’re safe. Do you want your five-year-old daughter sleeping next to a sexual predator?”

Judd says he is firm on his stance, as he should be!

Grady Judd: No sex offenders & people with warrants at shelters

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning sex offenders, predators, and those with outstanding warrants that they're not welcome at evacuation shelters, and could take shelter at the Polk County Jail instead. He's taking some criticism but he stands by his statements:

Posted by FOX 13 News – Tampa Bay on Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Fox 5 reports:

The sheriff says that his tweets give all offenders fair warning, four or five days in advance, so those with warrants still have time to take care of their infractions and then go to a shelter if they choose to, or make other arrangements

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.

Of course the ACLU had to tweet their two cents to Judd’s attempt to keep everyone safe from not only the storm but criminals as well. They compared him to Joe Arpaio. They said:

I stand behind Sheriff Judd 100 percent! How about you??

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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