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ACLU Sues Over Sex Offender Housing Restrictions

Posted at 7:27 AM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 10:22:30-04

MIAMI (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal court to strike down a law that prevents registered sex offenders from living with 2,500 feet of schools.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the group is asking a federal judge in Miami to block enforcement of the law.

The ACLU says the ordinance has left many people homeless after they are released from prison. The group says because the law is being enforced arbitrarily, some offenders have no place to live other than an outdoor area along railroad tracks on the outskirts of the county.

A Florida Corrections spokesman says the department is simply enforcing the local law and doesn't have a response to the lawsuit.

A call seeking comment from the Miami-Dade mayor's office was not immediately returned.

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