Sex Offender Ruling Could Have Big Implications

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 11, 2007

You may remember Jessica’s law.  Voters approved it in November.  It says sex offenders can’t live within two-thousand feet of a school or park.  This week the state supreme court said the state could *not* revoke parole for four sex offenders in violation of that.  Corrections Secretary Jim Tilton says there are about 850 other inmates who are also out of compliance.  What does the decision mean for them?

“The courts are going to go through this process and give us some give us some advice about how to administer it, but in the meantime, I have a ruling that applies to four people and not the others and I have to go forward and enforce the law for the balance.”

Tilton says over the next two weeks, they’ll be arresting those living too close to parks and schools.  Attorneys for the sex offenders say Jessica’s law is unreasonable and could lead to homelessness.  The court still has to make a final ruling on whether or not Jessica’s law is constitutional.