This is a guide listing the 20 states with no sex offender residency restrictions, or with conditional restrictions for offenders on probation, parole, or extended supervised release.
Sex offender residency restrictions make finding a place to rent or buy extremely complicated because of the numerous schools, daycares, and playgrounds in residential areas.
Choosing to move to a state with no sex offender residency restrictions makes finding a place to live a lot easier, but you must notify the registry of the state you’re leaving and the state you’re moving to before you relocate.
20 States With No Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Or With Conditional Restrictions
In the following states, there aren’t any restrictions under state law limiting where sex offenders can live. However, some states (listed separately) allow local communities to set their own restrictions, so for those states, you’ll need to check at the county or city level.
States Without Sex Offender Residency Restrictions
There aren’t any residency restrictions at all for sex offenders in these states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- S. Virgin Islands (overseas territory)
States With Local Residency Restrictions
In these states, some jurisdictions have local laws limiting where sex offenders can live:
*In addition to the possibility of local restrictions, Maine, Minnesota, and Texas state laws allow residency restrictions on a case-by-case basis for some sex offenders during their period of parole or probation.
States With Sex Offender Residency Restrictions During Probation Or Supervised Release
Before moving to another state while still under parole or probation, you must obtain permission to use an Interstate Compact. Learn more about Interstate compacts on the government website at https://interstatecompact.org/resources/transferring-your-supervision.
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- West Virginia
In California, serious sex offenders on parole cannot live within ¼ mile of a school.
High-risk sex offenders on parole cannot live within ½ mile of schools, daycares, or other places where children congregate.
Residency restrictions also apply to violent sexual predators. Offenders granted a conditional release under California Code 6608.5 cannot live within ¼ mile of a school if the court finds the offender has a history of improper sexual conduct with children, or the person was convicted of:
- A violation of California Penal Code 288.5 subdivision (a) or (b)
- A violation of California Penal Code 288, paragraph (1) subdivision (c)
Sex offenders on parole or probation must live in locations pre-approved by parole or probation officers. Residency restrictions may also be imposed by the court during sentencing.
Certain categories of sex offender may have restrictions imposed under their Terms and Conditions of Supervision on a case-by-case basis.
Sex offenders on parole or probation may have a residency restriction imposed as a condition of their release. Once the period of supervision is over, there are no restrictions limiting where an offender can live.
Residency restrictions may prohibit level 3 sex offenders in Minnesota from living within 1500 feet of a school safety zone. The decision is taken by the parole committee on a case-by-case basis.
Sex offenders under state supervision may not live within 1000 feet of any place primarily used by children if the following conditions apply:
- Conviction of an offense against a child under the age of 14
- Conviction of a tier 3 sex offense
Sex offenders on parole or probation may be banned from living within 1000 feet of a school or other children’s facility. The decision is taken on a case-by-case basis by the parole or probation authority.
In Oregon, a sex offender on parole or supervised release will face residency restrictions if they are a “sexually violent dangerous offender” or a “predatory sex offender”.
Sex offenders on parole or probation may have residency restrictions imposed on a case-by-case basis.
Offenders on parole or probation may have residency restrictions imposed as a condition of their supervision. Once the period of supervision is over, residency restrictions no longer apply.
The Department of Corrections may refuse to allow sex offenders on parole to live in close proximity to schools, daycare centers, playgrounds, or other facilities where children of a similar age to a previous victim gather.
Once the period of supervision has ended, the restrictions no longer apply.
Courts may impose residence restrictions on a case-by-case basis for offenders under supervised release.
Unless a sex offender has residency restrictions imposed by a court, there are no residency limitations.
States With Sex Offender Residency Restrictions For Certain Levels Or Offenses
- North Dakota
In Arkansas, there are no sex offender residency restrictions unless the offender has been assessed as a level 3 or level 4 offender.
Level 3 and level 4 sex offenders cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school, daycare facility, public park, or youth center.
Level 4 sex offenders are also prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of a church or other place of worship.
In Iowa, there are no sex offender residency restrictions unless the offender committed an offense against a minor.
Residency restrictions only apply to sex offenders convicted of “aggravated offense against a minor” under IA Code § 692A.101 or a comparable offense from another jurisdiction.
A minor is a person under the age of 18. Aggravated offense against a minor is:
- Sexual abuse in the first degree (section 709.2)
- Sexual abuse in the second degree (section 709.3)
- Sexual abuse in the third degree (section 709.4)
- Continuous sexual abuse of a child (section 709.23)
In North Dakota, there are no sex offender residency restrictions unless the offender is a high-risk offender. High-risk sex offenders cannot live within 500 feet of a school.
The only states without any sex offender residency restrictions at all are Alaska,
Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah,
Vermont, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ( overseas territory).
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., and West Virginia impose restrictions on sex offenders on parole or probation.
Arkansas, Iowa, and North Dakota only restrict where sex offenders convicted of specific offenses can live.
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