Residency Restrictions Eased for Some KY Sex Offenders

by scrosby on November 3, 2009

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that Kentucky sex offenders who committed their crime before July 2006 are free to live anywhere they want, and this week denied a stay in the ruling while it’s appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A northern Kentucky convicted sex offender challenged a 2006 law by the General Assembly to ban sex offenders from living near schools or childcare centers.

The state Supreme Court found the part of the law that applied retroactively unconstitutional, and therefore the residence restrictions don’t apply to sex offenders who committed their crimes prior to July 12, 2006.

“Whatever the Attorney General does in terms of appealing this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, it doesn’t impact the finality of this order from the Kentucky Supreme Court,” says Jennifer Brislin with the state Justice Cabinet.

Attorney General Jack Conway has said he will appeal the ruling and ask for a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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