NJ considers sex-offender ordinances

March 24, 2009 4:19:50 AM PDT
New Jersey's Supreme Court is considering whether two towns can restrict where convicted sex offenders can live after they're released. Cherry Hill and Galloway townships passed ordinances prohibiting sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors from living within 2,500 feet of schools, parks and playgrounds.

Those ordinances were struck down by a state appeals court last July. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Tuesday.

The high court's ruling could affect dozens of similar laws that have been enacted in other New Jersey towns.

Under Megan's Law, convicted sex offenders in New Jersey must register with the state and neighbors are notified when they move nearby. The law does not place restrictions on where they can live.

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