PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Advocates are trying to block a Rhode Island law that limits the number of convicted sex offenders who can stay at homeless shelters.
The Providence Journal reports that lawyers representing the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project and six registered sex offenders filed a lawsuit Friday over the law that’s set to go into effect on Monday.
Their complaint says the law is unconstitutional and violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
They’re asking the judge for an injunction that would prevent the state from enforcing the new law. The law puts a 10-percent limit on the number of shelter beds that can be given to registered sex offenders.
The law was pushed by Cranston lawmakers upset with the number of sex offenders staying at Harrington Hall shelter.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com