Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Judge rules Wisconsin residency restriction ordinance unconstitutional

A federal judge relied on facts in striking down an ordinance that made most of the town of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, off-limits to registered sex offenders.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller is reported in the Kenosha News.

In granting summary judgment to the nine plaintiffs, Stadtmueller found the village imposed restrictions on where the offenders could live without considering any studies or data regarding the safety risk that posed to other residents. 
“The village has admitted that the ordinance was based on its own conjecture about the dangers posed by sex offenders,” Stadtmueller wrote in the 19-page order. 
Village Administrator Michael Pollocoff testified in a deposition that the ordinance’s goal was to reduce the number of child sex offenders living in the village. 
The ordinance may be counterproductive to citizen safety, as Pollocoff admitted that turning child sex offenders into outcasts had “more deleterious (or harmful) impacts.”
Read more about the ruling here and here.

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