166-168. Sex Offenders 2008-2009
While researching Paradise Park, the African-American counterpart of the seminal tourist attraction, Silver Springs, Google delivered me to The Palace Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg. That was a mega data glitch but a blessed twist of fate. I read with slight shock and awe about the unparalleled opportunities for post-incarceration rehabilitation and societal transition for registered sex offenders. For more than 100 sex offenders, The Palace offered a safe haven. Shunned by society and with no place else to go, these outcasts lived by stringent rules and were scrutinized by the police who drove through the grounds regularly. I asked the manager if I may photograph and was welcomed to enter this surreal world.