Two years ago, the California Supreme Court struck down restrictions on where people convicted of sex crimes could live. The ruling sought to increase the availability of housing for released offenders.
New data from the California Department of Justice shows that the ruling had little to no impact on homelessness among the state’s registered sex offenders. In 2015 just prior to the Supreme Court ruling, the state had 6,422 homeless registrants. Today, the state has 6,329 homeless registrants a drop of about 1.5%.
Prior to 2015, people with sex crimes convictions could not live within 2,000 feet of a school, park or other child-centric place. The court ruled that the law excluded registered sex offenders from living in most urban areas of the state. Supporters of the ruling also believed that housing restrictions made it harder for sex offenders to find employment. That, in turn, would lead to less stability and a higher likelihood of recidivist behavior. Law enforcement officials also believed that the law made it harder to track sex offenders.
Following the ruling, the parole board stopped applying housing restrictions unless they found crime increases around a parolee. Today, about three-fourths of sex offenders have no housing restrictions following their release. Nonetheless, homelessness among registered sex offenders hasn’t changed much. Some analysts believe that municipal restrictions on sex offender housing may be a barrier to housing, despite the law.
While all states have a sex offender registry, only Alabama, California, Florida and South Carolina have a lifetime registration requirement. The state legislature is currently considering changes to the state’s sex offender registration laws.
Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer
This study demonstrates one of the challenges of living with a sex crimes conviction. If you’re accused of a sexual offense, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. He does not judge clients based on what they’ve been accused of. He simply works hard to secure his clients’ rights and freedom.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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