Del. lawmakers eye local residency restrictions on sex offenders
AP) – House lawmakers have passed a bill preventing municipalities in Delaware from establishing housing restrictions for sex offenders that are stricter than state limitations.
State law prohibits sex offenders from residing or loitering within 500 feet of school property. The bill approved Thursday on a 40-to-1 vote would restrict the ability of municipalities to impose broader residency and proximity restrictions. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Supporters of the measure say authorities sometimes have difficulty tracking sex offenders released from prison because overly restrictive local ordinances can severely limit their housing options.
Bill sponsors say homeless sex offenders are less likely to comply with registration requirements and are less able to access required treatment and comply with other supervision conditions. They say that could contribute to recidivism and affect public safety.