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   Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
June 19, 2008

June 19, 2008

~The first online event in a Series on Sexual Violence.~

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Jill Levenson (slides-main, slides-suppl), Associate Professor and Human Services Department Chair at Lynn University. The panel (bios) included:

  • Julie Wartell (slides) - Crime Analysis Administrator, Office of the District Attorney, San Diego County
  • Timothy Hart (slides) - Director, Nevada's Center for the Analysis of Crime Statistics (CACS), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Kristen Zgoba (slides) - Supervisor of Research & Evaluation, New Jersey Department of Corrections in collaboration with Rutgers University

Recording - View the multimedia recording of this event.

Resources - Links to resources related to this event.

Polls - See the results of various audience polls (these numbers reflect informal polls of our audience, and are not intended for use as scientific data).

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Numerous states and hundreds of municipalities have laws restricting the location of a convicted sex offender's residence.  Little is known about the effectiveness of these restrictions. Do they keep children safer or give a false sense of safety?

Some people suggest these laws are driven by media attention to a few cases. Others believe they are not grounded in research. What do we know about the effectiveness and impact of these laws?  What are the practical aspects of implementing such laws?

This forum examined facts of residency restrictions, research about the types of offenders, lack of research about effectiveness, the use of crime mapping and the practical considerations required when implementing these restrictions.

This event was the first of four in the Series on Sexual Violence, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice.  Recordings and presenters' slides are now available for each event in the series:

  1. Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
    June 19, 2008
  2. Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
    August 13, 2008
  3. Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
    September 25, 2008
  4. Sexual Assault on College Campuses
    December 11, 2008

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