A federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of key provisions of Proposition 83, the ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by California voters that’s meant to crack down on sex offenders, including limiting where they may live. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, ruling on a lawsuit filed a day after the election, said the measure “is punitive by design and effect” and likely unconstitutional.
The so-called Jessica’s Law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park – effectively prohibiting parolees from living in many of California’s cities. It also would require lifetime satellite tracking for paroled rapists, child molesters and other felony sex criminals upon their release from prison. Judge Illston issued a temporary restraining order against the residency requirements of Proposition 83. She ordered a Nov. 27 hearing.