California’s corrections deparatment plans to release a report as early as next week that will recommend a reexamination of residency restrictions for sex offenders, says the Los Angeles Times. Written by a panel that included law enforcement personnel, forensics experts, and victims advocates, the report follows a Los Angeles County judge’s ruling that such restrictions are unconstitutional.
California voters overwhelmingly passed Jessica’s Law in 2006; it prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. Civil rights attorneys have argued that the law is an impossible fit for densely populated cities, and Los Angeles officials have noted the lack of places that meet its requirements. The Associated Press reported that a draft of the report recommends that voters repeal the residency restriction altogether. State corrections officials have stopped enforcing portions of the law in Los Angeles County after Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that it forced some sex offenders into homelessness or jail.