Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Perv-B-Gone Foes Take Prop. 83 to Court

By Michael Mechanic
Wed, Nov 8, 2006 at 3:24 PM

No need to for local sex offenders to start looking at East Contra Costa County real estate yet. The landslide victory of Prop. 83 is less than 24 hours old, and it's already being challenged in federal court, reports the Associated Press

The suit, brought by a long-ago sex offender, says the impending law, which forbids paroled sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, would effectively force him out of his home and community, thus punishing him anew when he'd already served his time.

While such relocations would seem to be the whole point, the prop's restrictions so limit where such a person might live that the courts may well reject them as unfair or unworkable. Were Prop. 83 applied retroactively, for instance, the Bay Area's 11,000 registered sex offenders would have to move to rural areas, which sure as hell don't want them. According to this interactive map created by the CoCo Times, East Bay options would be limited to parts of Lamorinda, the Livermore area, and East CoCo County. Hellooo Brentwood! Hellooo Oakley!

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