Calif. loosens restrictions on where sex offenders can live
SACRAMENTO — State officials announced Thursday that California would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law prohibiting all registered sex offenders from living near schools.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it would no longer impose the blanket restrictions outlined in Jessica’s Law that forbids all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, regardless of whether their crimes involved children, Los Angeles Times reported.
High-risk sex offenders and those whose crimes involved children under the age of 14 will still be prohibited from living within a half-mile of a school, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Otherwise, officials will assess each parolee based on factors relating to their individual cases, the agency said.
The shift comes nine years after California voters approved the controversial law, which has made it difficult for some sex offenders to find places to live.