California loosens sex offender law
March 29, 2015
California officials announced Thursday that the state will no longer impose the portion of Jessica’s Law that forbids all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. Instead, only those offenders whose crimes involved children under 14 and some high-risk offenders will be prohibited from living near schools and parks. [LATimes]
The shift comes nine years after California voters approved the controversial law, which has made it difficult for some sex offenders to find a place to live.
On March 2, nine years after California voters approved Megan’s Law, the California Supreme Court ruled that Jessica’s Law violated the constitutional rights of parolees living in San Diego County. Primarily because the limitations made it impossible for sex-offenders to obtain housing. As a result, many were living on the streets making them difficult to track.
“While the court’s ruling is specific to San Diego County, its rationale is not,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said Thursday. “After reviewing the court’s analysis, the state attorney general’s office advised CDCR that applying the blanket mandatory residency restrictions of Jessica’s Law would be found to be unconstitutional in every county.”
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