June 23, 2013 at 3:09 AM
Letter: Sex offender residency bans are ineffective
"I was disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised, to read the Times’ June 18 editorial supporting a sex offender residency restriction bill in the New Jersey Legislature.
The public relies on the media to report accurately, particularly on such an important subject. Yet, when it comes to sex offender issues, even editorial boards seem more motivated by emotion than facts. Numerous studies on residency restrictions, including a 2012 study by Jill Levenson, Ph.D., of Lynn University in Florida, have found that sexual recidivists do not live closer to schools or parks than non-recidivists. The few registrants who did sexually re-offend were likely to drive to a different neighborhood.
State Sen. Fred Madden is a sponsor of a bill to prevent released sex offenders from living close to schools, playgrounds."
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