This free, online event was held on June 19, 2008, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event description: 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. 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 webinar was moderated by Jill Levenson with panelists Julie Wartell, Timothy Hart, and Kristen Zgoba.