Living restrictions mean dozens of NY sex offenders are staying in prison past release date

Dozens of sex offenders are being held in New York prisons past their release dates under a state law that governs where they can live.

The law has been in effect since 2005. It bans many sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school.

Those unable to find such accommodations often end up in homeless shelters.

But the New York Times reports that parole officials ruled in February that the 1,000-foot restriction also includes homeless shelters.

Most New York City homeless shelters are within 1,000 feet of a school.

That leaves sex offenders with no place to go once they have served their sentences.

The Times says some of them have filed petitions demanding to be released.