Federal courts seem to be taking an increasingly dim view of “child safety zones” — areas where registered sex offenders are prohibited from being.
So says Jacob Sullum, who writes at Reason.com about two recent decisions which struck down a state law in North Carolina and a local ordinance in Indiana. Between those decisions and the recent 6th Circuit decision finding that Michigan’s registry is punitive, perhaps the tide is turning against at least some aspects of these laws.
Sullum concludes his essay:
After years of deferring to pretty much anything legislators did in the name of protecting children from sexual predators, the federal courts are finally beginning to ask whether these laws make sense in light of the goals they are supposed to achieve.
Read the full article at Reason.