I recently found out that I have four registered sex offenders living in a home right next to me. Also, I live less than two blocks from an elementary school. I learned this through a reliable source, though these men are not registered on the state's sex offender registry website. What gives? Is there anything that can be done to make sure these men move away from the school?
— Meredith L., Medford
You're probably not going to like our answer, Meredith. These four men have the right to live where they please under Oregon law.
Unlike many other states, Oregon does not require registered sex offenders to vacate an area near parks, schools, churches and other places where children congregate.
This is much different than California's sex-offender laws.
According to the California sex-offender registry website, an offender may not live within 2,000 feet of places where kids gather.
Medford police in the past have commented this law has consequences in Oregon. Police say sex offenders from California who can't find housing in towns down there often move to Oregon.
In Washington, offenders considered "high risk" can't live within 880 feet of schools or day care centers.
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