Sex offender limits no longer tied to voters' initiative

Apr 15, 2015 10:14 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new policy says California parole agents will have to find a specific link to child victims before they can bar sex offender parolees from living near schools and parks.

The 2½-page memo issued Tuesday responds to a state Supreme Court ruling last month that the blanket residency limits imposed by California voters in 2006 go too far to restrict where sex offenders can live.

What became known as Jessica's Law required that any registered sex offender live at least 2,000 feet from schools or parks where children gather.

Under the new policy, parole agents can still restrict where sex offenders live.

But they must find that the restrictions are justified by the parolee's criminal history and those circumstances must be spelled out in writing.

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