June 17, 2008
State-wide residency restriction becomes law in South Carolina
As detailed in this AP article, South Carolina has joined the ranks of states with state-wide residency restrictions for sex offenders:
Sex offenders won't be able to live within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers or playgrounds under legislation Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law Monday night....
Sex offenders won't be able to live within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers or playgrounds under legislation Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law Monday night.
Some related posts on sex offender residency restrictions:
- Major Human Rights Watch report about sex offender sanctions
- Does the efficacy of sex offenders residency restrictions impact their constitutionality?
- The potential downsides of sex offender residency restrictions
- Exactly when and how will SCOTUS confront sex offender residency restrictions?
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Although most schools and playgrounds are obvious, not all are. Day care centers may tend to be less obvious. Someone (the state) should prepare a map and street listings of all areas that are off limits. If AT&T can do it to show phone coverage, then the state can do it for the purpose of this law. I wonder which will cover more ground, AT&T phone service or the "off-limits" area under this law.
Of course, I have no doubt that prosecutors will view this law from a strict liability standpoint.
Posted by: Stanley Feldman | Jun 17, 2008 11:06:44 AM
Double quote. Looks like the second part of the blockquote was meant to be something else.
Posted by: ohwilleke | Jun 17, 2008 3:23:19 PM
Odd in how this was drafted (although from a practical standpoint, some of the provisions were required to remove any takings challenges).
"The bill says convicts can't live within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers or playgrounds. It doesn't apply to people who already lived within that limit before the measure became law. And it doesn't force newly convicted people to move."
So if a offender is already living in one of these target zones, he's okay to return there following a conviction.
Posted by: NewFedClerk | Jun 18, 2008 9:02:00 AM