Restrictions on Sex Offender Residence Found Constitutional

, New York Law Journal

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A paroled sex offender who is having difficulty finding a place to live because he is prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of schools and places where children congregate failed to convince a Manhattan judge that the restrictions are unconstitutional.

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    As the prior commentor has pointed out, residency restrictions bear no rational positive relationship to preventing repeat offenses. In fact, removing residency options from those who have been convicted of any crime makes us all less safe. Rational laws should further the goal of rehabilitation and reintegration into the community, since this decreases the likelihood of re-offense, shown in many studies of those who have been convicted of crimes and are now back in the community.

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    First of all, anyone applying elementary logic and reasoning on a Junior High School level knows that residency restrictions are in violation of the Constitution, just like most of the extreme sex offender laws are.What the Judge here is really saying is that sex offenders are less than Human Beings and thus are not protected by the Constitution of the United States of America.This is the same argument used to secretly kidnap, hold with no legal rights even as basic as telling someone the person has been taken and is being held by the government, and torturing that person, because they have been defined as an “Enemy Combatant” who is less than Human and therefore not protected by the Constitution, the Geneva Convention or any other law of any country.

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