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Council strengthens 'Jessica's Law' for registered sex offenders

Posted: April 29, 2009 1:28 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 1:32 p.m.
The Santa Clarita City Council signed off Tuesday night on an ordinance which essentially bars newly registered sex offenders from living within the city limits.

Under the ordinance, offenders are prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of child care centers, trails, parks, paseos, open space and other places where children regularly gather within city limits.

The ordinance could not be applied retroactively.

The ordinance was developed after the statewide passage of Proposition 83 in November 2006.

Commonly known as Jessica's Law, the proposition prohibited sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools. It also gave cities the authority to enact further restrictions.

The ordinance was already in place in unincorporated Los Angeles County communities.


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