Iowa Attorney General

February 9, 2004

Response to Judge Pratt's Decision in Sex Offender Residency Case

Statement of the Attorney General's Office:

We are reviewing the decision.

One option we will consider is to appeal the decision to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision must be made within 30 days. We also expect to consult with legislative leaders and the Governor about the possibility of redrafting the law in some way to resolve the Constitutional objections to the statute spelled out by Judge Pratt. We would certainly cooperate with the Legislature and Governor in crafting such legislation, if it looks plausible and they wish to pursue that approach.

In any event, we emphasize that all possible steps are being taken to protect the public. Parole and probation officers have always made individual evaluations and decisions regarding where offenders may live and work, including since Judge Pratt enjoined or nullified the statute last July 25. Parole and probation officers will continue to make such individual judgments to protect public safety.

Click here for a copy of Judge Pratt's Decision Feb. 9, 2004.

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