By Providence Journal staff . . . The ACLU of Rhode Island and the state have settled a lawsuit over a state law capping at 10 percent the occupancy of registered sex offenders at the Harrington Hall homeless shelter in Cranston.
The law had been set to go into effect on Jan. 1 of this year, and resulted from displeasure among Cranston residents and lawmakers over the number of sex offenders staying at Harrington Hall, which is run by Crossroads Rhode Island.
Lawyers for the ACLU, along with the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, filed suit to block the law, noting that Harrington Hall “routinely provided overnight shelter to many more than” the 11 registered sex offenders who would have been allowed under the change.