Thu October 1, 2009
Sex Offender Law Unconstitutional
By Angela Hatton
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's highest court says a law that bans convicted sex offenders from living near schools and day care centers is unconstitutional. The Kentucky Supreme Court took that position in a ruling handed down today. State lawmakers passed a law in 2006 that restricted where sex offenders could reside. In particular, neighborhoods around schools and daycare centers were off limits. In a 5-2 decision, justices held that lawmakers unconstitutionally applied the law retroactively to sex offenders convicted before the restrictions were imposed. The ruling means thousands of sex offenders won't have to move.