ACLU To Challenge Law Banning Sex Offenders Near R.I. Schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state over a law that bans registered sex offenders from living within 300 feet of a school, saying it is unconstitutional.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of two developmentally disabled men and one veteran who it says would lose their housing and possibly become homeless if forced to move from their current homes.

The police department last month ordered the men out of their homes within 30 days or face arrest.

Attorney Katherine Godin has asked a Superior Court judge to stop the evictions, saying the law is unconstitutionally vague and broad.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says his office is reviewing the lawsuit.

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