A new California ballot measure restricting where sex offenders may live does not apply to thousands of ex-convicts who have served their prison time and are off parole, reports the Los Angeles Times. The declaration in a legal filing by Attorney General Bill Lockyer means a key provision of the proposition that passed overwhelmingly Nov. 7 will not affect many of the 75,000 former sex offenders living in the state. As a result attorneys for a sex offender challenging the residency restrictions near schools and parks said they probably would dismiss their lawsuit soon.
Proposition 83 authorized a sweeping crackdown on sex offenders, giving California perhaps the toughest such law in the nation. As well as lengthening prison and parole times for repeat and violent offenders, the measure requires registered sex offenders to wear an electronic tracking device for life. The most controversial provision bans offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.