In the News: Pa Supreme Court rejects local sex offender residency restriction

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Megan's Law, News Update, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

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...

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In the News: PA Federal Judge strikes down sex offender residency restriction

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in ACLU, Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

United States District Court Judge Gary Lancaster has ruled that the sex offender residency restriction ordinance passed by Allegheny County is illegal. The restriction would have barred sex offenders registered under Megan’s Law from “residing within 2,500 feet of any school, child care facility, recreation center, public park, or community center.” Judge Lancaster ruled that the ordinance conflicted with state law and was...

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In the News: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions causing budgetary issues in CA

Posted by on Jan 19, 2009 in Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

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...

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In the News: Perkasie, PA considering Megan’s Law residency restrictions

Posted by on Jan 14, 2009 in Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

Officials in Perkasie, Pennsylvania are considering implementing residency restrictions for violent predators registered under Megan’s Law. The plan is currently in its early stages. For more information, go to: http://www.thereporteronline.com/articles/2009/01/14/news/srv0000004449771.txt Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new...

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In the News: New study shows sex offenders near child care at no greater risk of reoffending

Posted by on Dec 31, 2008 in Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions, Sex Crimes | 0 comments

A new study by Dr. Jill Levenson, Dr. Paul Zandbergen, and Dr. Timothy Hart shows that sex offenders who live near schools and day care centers are no more likely to reoffend than sex offenders who live far from areas where children gather. This study casts further doubt on the effectiveness of broad-based legislative residency restrictions. For more information, go to: http://sexoffenderstudies.blogspot.com/...

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In the News: Study suggests Megan’s Law residency restrictions may backfire

Posted by on Dec 20, 2008 in Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

A report from the California Sex Offender Management Board suggests that “homeless sex offender parolees are more likely to commit sex crimes again.” The study also shows that since residency restrictions have passed, homelessness among registered sex offenders has increased exponentially. With many residency requirements, registered sex offenders are not permitted to live within a certain distance of schools or other locations...

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