House Bill 357
149th General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 22 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MUNICIPALITIES.
The Department of Corrections sometimes has difficulty tracking sex offenders coming out of prison because overly restrictive local ordinances can severely restrict the availability of appropriate housing. Homeless sex offenders are less likely to comply with registration requirements and are less able to access required treatment and comply with other supervision conditions. This may contribute to recidivism and detract from public safety. This bill restricts the power of municipalities to impose broader residency and proximity restrictions on sex offenders than those that apply under state law. Specifically, 11 Del. C. 112, prohibits sex offenders from residing or loitering within 500 feet of school property.