Laws about dating minors

My intent personally is to make it so onerous on those that are convicted of these offenses … they will want to move to another state.

— Paul Olney, research associate for the Center for Sex Offender Management As detailed above, registered offenders may be hounded from their homes by angry neighbors or denied housing by private and public landlords.

But their right to establish and maintain homes in which they can live with their families is also threatened by a growing number of state and municipal laws that expressly forbid them from living near places where children gather.

This is particularly problematic for registrants who have limited resources, or for those who because of work, community, or family obligations want to live in particular locations.

Residency restrictions prevent offenders from living in the areas closest to jobs and public transit, since schools, daycare centers, and parks are often built in the center of main residential areas of cities and towns.

Indeed, the experience of several states suggests the laws are counterproductive as well as unnecessary and profoundly unjust.

Last modified 17-Nov-2019 09:00