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An Analysis of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Newark, NJ  

Author:  Michael  Chajewski, M.A..; Cynthia Calkins  Mercado, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 09, Number 01, December/January 2008 , pp.1-6(6)

Sex Offender Law Report

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Residency restrictions, which refer to distance bans that prohibit sex offenders from living certain distances around schools or other child-dense community structures, have been enacted by 22 states and hundreds of local municipalities. (M. Nieto and D. Jung, The Impact of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders and Correctional Management Practices: A Literature Review (2006).) There exists, however, considerable controversy about the utility of these statutes. While proponents suggest that this legislation will reduce the likelihood of recidivistic sexual violence, there is, to date, little empirically based support for such arguments. (Nietoand Jung, 2006, supra.)


Affiliations:  1: Fordham University; 2: John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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