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March 24, 2008

More evidence localities love to hate sex offenders

This local story from California, headlined "Cities modify Jessica's Law even as court mulls validity," highlights that localities get a kick out of kicking sex offenders when they are down.  Here are excerpts from the article:

As the state Supreme Court considers the validity of California's sex-offender statute, known as Jessica's Law, San Diego and other cities are passing tougher versions of it. Jessica's Law says registered sex offenders can't live within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children gather. This month, the San Diego City Council and Mayor Jerry Sanders approved an ordinance that adopts the residency restriction and adds another limitation.

Under the city ordinance, registered sex offenders can't be within 300 feet of an amusement center, arcade, day care facility, library, playground, park or school. The residency restriction applies to sex offenders convicted of crimes after the ordinance was signed, but the 300-foot rule covers all registered sex offenders.  Similar measures have been approved in National City, La Mesa and Santee....

Versions of Jessica's Law — named after a young Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in 2005 — have been approved in 42 states.  Since enforcement in California began, 607 sex offenders have declared themselves homeless — a fourfold increase, according to the state.

In San Diego, the number of registered transient sex offenders increased 40 percent, police said. The 1,886 registered sex offenders in the city are among the 3,931 in the county, including violent child molesters, people convicted as juveniles and individuals busted for indecent exposure.

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