A ruling by New York's highest court raises a question about safety: how much freedom should child sex offenders enjoy?
The state of New York has laws dealing with the subject, but as Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver explains, many municipalities have their own ordinances, which conflicted with state law and have been struck down.
Reporting on the unanimous decision by the New York Court of Appeals, The Associated Press said the court ruled that "only the state has the power to tell offenders where they can and cannot reside, and generally only while they are on parole or supervised release."
"Now the state law is still in effect," Staver further explains. "So what happens now is the state legislators need to go back to the capitol and pass a law, or review the law, to make sure that it is accomplishing the goal, and that is to keep these sex offenders away from children."
Current law bars offenders who are on parole or supervised release from being within 1,000 feet of school grounds or public areas next to schools.
Staver explains why states pass the laws: "Often times these child sex offenders are repeat sex offenders. So just because they've served their time, and they've completed their probation, doesn't mean that they're not going to molest another child…"
Staver says that's the purpose of the laws, and New York needs to reexamine the situation to make sure the state laws provide the protection the local ordinances tried to add.