COPY-Police: Spike in homeless sex offenders in LA

Associated Press – October 5, 2010 6:24 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Officials say Los Angeles has seen an increase in the number of registered sex offenders ending up homeless as neighboring communities comply with Jessica’s Law.

Detective Diane Webb told members of the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday there are 576 homeless registered sex offenders living in the city, up from 191 in 2007, the year California implemented Jessica’s Law.

The law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks and other places children congregate.

Webb says offenders come to Los Angeles to live in housing units compliant with the law, especially in the area near the harbor.

When funding for these houses runs out, the offenders can end up homeless.

Webb says there has been no increase in recidivism.

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