In 2006, voters passed Proposition 83, otherwise known as Jessica’s Law, so that sex offenders could not live within 2,000 feet of any park of school. California’s Supreme Court has now ruled that these restrictive residency requirements can be applied retroactively to criminal offenders who were convicted before voters passed this proposition into law, the LA Times reports. Such restrictive residency requirements make it difficult for many offenders to reside in any major city due to the relative closeness of schools and parks.
Parolees who challenged the majority view argued that they would have to leave their families if they followed the law, but the Court’s decision allowed a provision for convicted offenders to challenge the law.
For more info on the Court’s evaluation of Jessica’s Law, see here.
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