Alfred Lee, a staff writer with the Pasadena Star-News, reported last week that many cities are “trying to avoid becoming dumping grounds for registered sex offenders” and are “moving to impose even more stringent residency restrictions that those outlined in Jessica’s Law.”
More than two years after the passage of the statewide law banning registered offenders from living near schools and parks, Arcadia and Pasadena are the most recent local cities considering ordinances that would put nearly all of their territories out of bounds for offenders.
California’s passage in 2006 of Proposition 83, more commonly known as Jessica’s Law, banned registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park. But a clause in the law allowed cities to enact their own, stricter restrictions.
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