Did you know that sex offenders in California can't live within 2000 feet of a school or park?
I share Samhita at Feministing's skepticism that it'll do anything to prevent recidivism, but I suppose it makes some people feel better. Either way, four registered sex offenders tried to petition the court not to enforce the law, and that petition was just denied. The petitioners' reasoning, from the SF Chronicle:
The four - one from San Francisco, one from Santa Clara County and two from San Diego County - said in their suit that it was irrational to apply the residency restrictions to parolees, like themselves, whose sex crimes did not involve children. They said that virtually all residential areas of their counties were within 2,000 feet of a park or school and that the law would force them to choose between homelessness and prison.
It doesn't seem like a good idea to have a whole bunch of homeless convicted sex offenders around in California. A lot of people on sex offender registries often haven't been convicted of doing anything involving children, like queers caught in public sex stings, teens who tape themselves having sex, or 18-year-old teenagers who are caught having sex with someone slightly younger than they. There's a whole lot more complexity in this than just "sex offender" or "not sex offender", what with people who are nonsexually violent against minors being deemed better suited to live near schools. And even for those sex offenders who are likely to harm children, what about rehabilitation instead of homelessness? I mean, 2000 feet is a lot of distance in city planning, but it's still just half a mile to drive.