PARSOL does not support SB 524.
SB 524 would impose residency restrictions for people with sexual offenses against minors.
Those with a sexual offense where the victim was a minor would not be permitted to establish a new residence within 1,000 feet of schools, daycares, and playgrounds and not within 500 feet of school bus stops.
Denying people on the Registry from establishing residence in vast areas of a community will not keep children or families any safer. This bill would make the majority of major urban areas off-limits to people on the Registry and may have the effect of creating a surge in homelessness. Re-integration into the community is a key aspect of reducing criminogenic factors and reducing recidivism of crimes in general, and research shows that people on the Registry do not generally pose a high risk of committing sexual crimes.
Finally, The US Court for the Western District of PA has already weighed in on PA's Residency Restrictions in a 2009 judgement against Allegheny County. Their 2,500 foot residency restriction stood "as an obstacle to attaining the objectives of rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders and diverting appropriate offenders from prison by placing strict limits on the areas where they can live."
SB 524 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.