Oklahoma State

September 4 2006

Oklahoma's Sex Offender Registration Act was amended on June 7, 2006 and barred sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any public or private school, playground, park or licensed child-care center. In July and August of 2006, hundreds of sex offenders received letters from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections noting they were in violation of a "zone of safety" provision in state law. Those who received the letters were told that within 30 days "they must move or face arrest and prosecution of a felony." A group of Tulsa County sex offenders has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new state law about where they can dwell as the new act only leaves 8% of the city available for registered sex offenders to live. The lawsuit seeks class action status and claims hundreds of people on Oklahoma's sex-offender registry are being forced to move from their homes, leave their jobs and stop attending their churches as a result of recently enacted state laws.

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