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The measure known as Jessica’s Law, passed in 2006, prevents convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children gather. This week, in response to a number of petitions by sex offenders, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge concluded the ban is overly restrictive and thus unconstitutional. With so many residential areas off limits, Judge Peter Espinoza says, sex offenders are left with the choice of either jail or homelessness. And by essentially consigning sex offenders to the streets, the law actually undermines public safety. As a result, the Department of Corrections has issued a memo to local parole agents ordering them to suspend enforcement of the ban. Does Jessica’s Law go too far in restricting the freedom of convicted offenders? What does this ruling mean to Southern California families?
George Runner, Republican California State Senator from District 17 – Lancaster.
Ernest Galvan, lawyer at Rosen, Bien & Galvan, LLP