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State Eases Sex Offender Residency Limits

Peter Kemmer, flickr
 

Peter Kemmer, flickr

The California Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that blanket restrictions on where sex offenders can live in the state are unconstitutional. The ruling came in response to a challenge of Jessica’s Law which voters approved in 2006. It prohibited all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks.

In response the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told its parole officers they will have to individually review the cases of each sex offender and decide whether the 2,000-foot limit should apply. High-risk offenders who’ve committed crimes against children will still face residency restrictions.

The state says it will take months for corrections officials to review the files of about 6,000 sex offender parolees.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.