A California Superior Court judge has ruled that residency restrictions may only be applied to registrants while they are on parole. This ruling, issued in Norwalk Superior Court yesterday, is consistent with a ruling made by a federal judge in late 2017.
“These court decisions are important because they clarify that cities may not impose residency restrictions against registrants who are not on parole,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “In addition to limiting the application of residency restrictions to parolees, we are also claiming that the restrictions violate the state and federal constitutions.”
A total of 31 lawsuits have been filed in state and federal court challenging residency restrictions in the same number of cities. As a result of the challenges, most cities have completely eliminated the restrictions. The remaining cities have significantly revised their restrictions.
“It is unfortunate that some cities in California continue to enforce residency restrictions which often break up families,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein.
The issue of residency restrictions, as applied both in and outside California, will be discussed during the ACSOL conference to be held on June 15 and June 16 in a panel led by ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. The panel discussion will include a handout listing all 31 lawsuits filed in California as well as residency restrictions in other states.