Law barring sex offenders near schools blocked until January

By News Staff

The Associated Press

A federal judge has blocked until January a Rhode Island law that bars certain sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school.

U.S. District Judge John McConnell on Wednesday ordered the state not to enforce the law until a hearing in January.

McConnell last week had issued a temporary restraining order for 10 days.

The law was enacted this year and applies to Level 3 sex offenders, considered the most likely to reoffend.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit, saying the law is unconstitutionally vague, violates due process, retroactively punishes those who already completed their sentences and other objections.

The state argued similar restrictions have been imposed elsewhere, and those affected can find other places to live.

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