The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Allegheny County sex offender residency restriction ordinance has been rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The court concluded that the local residency restriction is invalid because it “clearly interferes with the statewide operation of the Sentencing and Parole Codes and with the General Assembly’s policies in these arenas.”  The 3rd Circuit Court of the United States previously concluded that the residency restrictions were improper and petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to determine whether the local residency restrictions were pre-empted by Megan’s Law.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that the state legislature already provided for the supervision and restriction of sex offender’s residences and that local government bodies are therefore precluded from enacting their own restrictions.

 

For more information:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_739096.html

http://www.aopc.org/OpPosting/Supreme/out/J-79-2010mo.pdf