Georgia high court rejected sex offender residence law

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On November 21, 2007, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously overturned a state law prohibiting registered sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, church, school or "area where minors congregate," including school bus stops. Violation of the law would have constituted a felony punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison. The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) represented the plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit against the law, arguing that the law violated several constitutional provisions and at least one federal statute. The law had gone into effect on July 1, 2006, but in June 2006, the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a temporary restraining order that prevented the state from fully enforcing the law against the original eight plaintiffs, and later extended the restraining order to all registered sex offenders in the state.


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