CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have agreed not to enforce a state law that limits the number of registered sex offenders at homeless shelters until a judge rules on the legal challenge.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island tells The Providence Journal the decision followed a closed-doors conference with a U.S. district judge Tuesday.
Lawyers representing the state Homeless Advocacy Project and several registered sex offenders sued to block the law that took effect Jan. 1. The law puts a 10-percent limit on the number of shelter beds given to registered sex offenders.
The complaint claims the law is unconstitutional and violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Cranston lawmakers pushed the law due to concerns with the number of sex offenders staying at the Harrington Hall shelter.