Three years ago the Kentucky legislature passed a law banning convicted sex offenders from living within 1000 feet of schools, playgrounds, and day care centers. Today, the Supreme Court threw out that legislation by a 5-2 vote. According to the AP, the justices ruled, "the law is punitive because lawmakers applied it retroactively to sex offenders convicted before the restrictions were imposed."
As a parent, the possibility of a sexual predator harming one of my children is mind-numbingly terrifying. It is part of the reason I do not use their names in public settings online. However, I have a hard time believing this law had any real benefit with regards to protecting children. Kids run and play everywhere. If an offender is going to repeat, the location of his/her residence in relation to a school is of little consequence.
Despite the fact that Louisville is the 7th Safest City (pop 500,000+) there are still registered sex offenders in living in every zip code. If you are concerned and can stomach the results, here is the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry.
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