February 21, 2009

Peach Tree law makes Wall Street Journal

In 1996, 17-year-old Christopher Noles had consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend. He was arrested for statutory rape and served a few months in prison. Then, he went on with his life. He got a job, married his girlfriend, became a father -- all the things adults normally do.

But in 2006, Georgia -- like many other U.S. states -- passed laws limiting where sex offenders could live and work. Noles lost his job and his family could not find a place to live.

Now, the Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Chen tells his troubling story of unintended consequences to Southerners and Yankees alike:

After Prison, Few Places for Sex Offenders to Live: Georgia's Rules That Keep Some Convicted Felons Far From Children Create Challenges for Compliance, Enforcement

The article is available online for free for only a few more days. I've also blogged a lot about the Georgia's sex offender laws over the past couple of years. Click HERE to read more.

Hat tip: Jane

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