SEOUL - The Ministry of Justice in South Korea preannounced new legislation on Tuesday that will restrict high-risk sex offenders from freely choosing their place of residence after release from prison.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the draft law mandates that high-risk sex offenders reside in state-designated facilities post-release. The criteria for these restrictions primarily focus on individuals who have committed sexual crimes against children under the age of 13 or those who have committed three or more sexual crimes. These offenders must have also been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and sentenced to 10 years or more in prison for their offenses.
The law is modeled after the United States' Jessica's Law, which similarly restricts the residential options of released child sex offenders by prohibiting them from living within 1,000 to 2,000 feet of schools.
The Ministry has yet to decide on the type of designated residential facilities that will house these high-risk offenders. The number of individuals who could be subject to this residential restriction was 325 as of the end of last year.
The proposed law is slated for a rigorous review process at the National Assembly. Some critics argue that the residential restrictions could serve as a double punishment and excessively hinder the freedom of residence for these offenders.