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May 12, 2008

Examining the efficacy of sex offender residency restriction

A helpful reader pointed me to this new research article, titled "Does Residential Proximity Matter? A Geographic Analysis of Sex Offense Recidivism," appearing in the April 2008 issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior.  Here is the abstract:

In an effort to reduce sex offense recidivism, local and state governments have recently passed legislation prohibiting sex offenders from living within a certain distance (500 to 2,500 feet) of child congregation locations such as schools, parks, and daycare centers.  Examining the potential deterrent effects of a residency restrictions law in Minnesota, this study analyzed the offense patterns of every sex offender released from Minnesota correctional facilities between 1990 and 2002 who was reincarcerated for a new sex offense prior to 2006.  Given that not one of the 224 sex offenses would have likely been prevented by residency restrictions, the findings from this study provide little support for the notion that such restrictions would significantly reduce sexual recidivism.

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In case you have not heard or read, Georgia has once again adopted the residency restriction law to take effect on July 1, 2008. The only change has been that if you legally owned a house before July 1,2006 you are excused from the 1,000 ft. law. Renters, like myself, are still being forced to move. Please e-mail me with any comments or thoughts on this matter. Thank you.

Posted by: Jake C. | May 19, 2008 10:40:09 PM

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