The Washington Post has an article today on sex offenders and banishment. Georgia is again the focus where a new law forbids offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, church or school bus stop. As a result, there are many counties where not a single house meets the requirements. The sponsor of the bill is clear about his goals:
My intent personally is to make it so onerous on those that are convicted of these offenses…they will want to move to another state.
See my previous post on negative spillovers and federalism. And for those whose first thought is to roast sex offenders in hell it should be noted that the list includes "a 26-year-old woman who was caught engaging in oral sex when she was in
high school, and a mother of five who was convicted of being a party to
a crime of statutory rape because, her indictment alleged, she did not
do enough to stop her 15-year-old daughter’s sexual activity."