We wrote about sex offender Ronald Murphy last week here and here, a man released from prison in September after serving 13 years on a rape conviction, and stuck in limbo ever since.
Murphy's home is currently a bench outside the Delray Beach Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office on the corner of NE 3rd Ave. and NE 2nd St. Murphy, wearing an ankle monitor, is confined there from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night, obliged to sleep on a bench so narrow it barely accommodates his portly frame.
We caught up with Murphy Friday night around 7:30. The neighborhood is deserted, and Murphy must feel like a sitting duck. The sounds of gunfire and passing trains make it impossible to get much shut-eye, he said. Murphy can't move beyond the parking lot without setting off his ankle monitor. He has his wardrobe -- a few pairs of jeans and t-shirts -- spread out on an adjoining bench. He was reading a paperback to pass the time, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah.