California sex offender housing law questioned.

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A California state panel is calling for the governor and legislators to reconsider sex offender housing restrictions as laid out in Proposition 83, known as Jessica's Law. According to the Los Angeles Times, the panel said the residency restrictions, which were put in effect more than two years ago and call for sex offenders to live 2,000 feet from schools, parks and other areas where children gather, have not been shown to prevent new crime. In fact, the panel said, the law might have the opposite effect of reducing public safety because its severe restrictions cause many to go homeless. The panel was also concerned about the $25 million a year spent by the state to house ex-offenders. After Jessica's Law passed, the...

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