Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WY Legislators Want Sex Offender Restrictions

sheridanmedia.com: Wyoming State Legislators Address Juvenlile Justice and Sex Offender Issues.

Registered sex offenders in Wyoming couldn't move into residences close to schools under a bill advancing in the state House of Representatives. The House gave preliminary approval Friday to House Bill 83, sponsored by Representative Steve Harshman, a Republican from Casper. His bill would bar offenders from moving into residences within 2,000 feet - or roughly a third of a mile - of schools that teach students age 18 or younger.

Some other lawmakers said the restrictions would leave offenders no place to live in smaller towns. ACLU state Executive Director Linda Burt notes that Wyoming last year cut funding for sex offender treatment programs in the prison system. She says treating offenders does more to protect children than imposing residency restrictions.

View Bill in PDF format. Summary of House Bill 83 is available here.