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The Contra Costa Times reports that the state of California is spending millions of dollars housing convicted registered sex offenders who are unable to locate housing that is compliant with Jessica’s Law.

Under Jessica’s Law residency restrictions, registered sex offenders are not permitted to gather within 2,000 feet of any school, playground, park, or other location where children may gather. With these restrictions, sex offenders are severely limited in housing choice. The state, aware of the correlation of vagrancy and recidivism in sex offenders, is attempting to help the sex offenders obtain housing. In situations where the offender is unable to secure adequate housing, the state has paid for the expense.

While proponents of residency restrictions believe that they are beneficial, opponents believe that they are, at best, ineffective and, at worst, help contribute to the recidivism of sex offenders.

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