Settlement Reached Over Sex Offenders In Shelters

(Cranston, RI)  --  The ACLU of Rhode Island is announcing the settlement of a lawsuit filed in response to a state law capping the number of registered sex offenders that could live at a homeless shelter in Cranston.  The law limits the percentage of the population of Harrington Hall to ten percent after residents complained there were too many sex offenders at the shelter.  Under the terms of the agreement with the state, the civil rights group says providers of shelters on state property can avoid exceeding the cap as long as the names of the people being housed overnight are reported to local police, and as long as alternative shelters or housing is explored if available.

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