The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 2 in Los Angeles on a case in which the constitutionality of residency restrictions have been challenged. Following oral argument, the Court has up to 90 days to render its decision.
“Current residency restrictions violate both the state and federal constitutions,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “As applied, they constitute banishment which has been outlawed in our country for more than 100 years.”
The case to be argued is In re Taylor, S206143, in which the California Court of Appeal determined on September 12, 2012, that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cannot apply a blanket restriction prohibiting all sex offender parolees from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park.
“After the Taylor case was decided, some counties and cities have enforced residency restrictions while others have not. The result has been chaos, that is, registered citizens did not know where they could or could not lawfully reside,” stated Bellucci. “We look forward to a wise decision soon from the California Supreme Court that will end this chaos.”
In a similar case, CA Attorney General Kamala Harris argued that residency restrictions are constitutional, but should only be applied to sex offenders while on parole.