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This book contains a summary of information regarding residency restrictions. Links to the full reports, articles, etc. are located below.


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1.  Does the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center Support Laws that Prohibit Sex Offenders from Living within a Certain Distance from Schools, Parks, or Daycare Centers?: Statement from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

2.  Sexual Offender Residence Restrictions: Statement from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

3.  California Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Statement Concerning Jessica’s Law

4.  The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute Opposes California’s Prop. 83: Statement from the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute

5.  Statements of Opposition to Connecticut Legislative Bill 6643, April 4, 2011 Judiciary Hearing: Joseph Haggan, Dr. Randall Wallace, Fanol Bojka, Anna Doroghazi, Sandra Staub, Deborah Del Prete Sullivan

6.  CONNSACS Connection Newsletter: Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc.

7.  Sex Offender Management: Policy Statement from Day One

8.  2010 Legislative Wrap-Up and Failed Bills Relating to Sexual Violence: Statements from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence

9.  Iowa County Attorneys Association: Statement on Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Iowa

10.  Sex Offender Housing Restrictions: Statement from the Kansas Department of Corrections

11.  Community Management of Convicted Sex Offenders: Registration, Electronic Monitoring, Civil Commitment, Mandatory Minimums, and Residency Restrictions: Policy Statement from the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

12.  Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Position Statement from the National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter

13.  Legislative Memo: Amending the Correction Law, in Relation to the Residence of a Sex Offender: Statement from the New York ACLU

14.  Letter of Opposition to Sex Offender Residency Requirement Bill S1300 and Sex Offenders and Residency Restrictions: Statements from the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

15.  Residency Restrictions for Sexual Abusers: Position Statement from the Oklahoma Coalition for Sex Offender Management

16.  Drawing the Line on Residency Restrictions: Statement from the Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center

17.  Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Harm Public Safety: Statement from the Law Office of the Southern Center for Human Rights

18.  Stop It Now Online Help Center: Position Statement from Website

19.  The Dangerous and Unintended Consequences of Jessica’s Law: Statement from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

20.  Why Sex Offender Residency Restrictions are a Bad Idea: Statement from the ACLU of Vermont


21.  J.C. Barnes: Implications of Residence Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing: Place a Moratorium on the Passage of Sex Offender Residence Restriction Laws (2011)

22.  Keri B. Burchfield: Implications of Residence Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing: Residence Restrictions (2011)

23.  California Sex Offender Management Board: Homelessness Among California’s Registered Sex Offenders, An Update: Reconsidering California’s Sex Offender Residence Restriction Policies (2011)

24.  Civic Research Institute: Handbook of Sex Offender Treatment (2011)

25.  Kelly M. Socia: Residence Restriction Legislation, Sex Crime Rates, and the Spacial Distribution of Sex Offender Residences (2011)

26.  Kelly M. Socia: The Efficacy of County-Level Sex Offender Residence Restrictions in New York (2011)

27.  Catherine Wagner: The Good Left Undone: How to Stop Sex Offender Laws from Causing Unnecessary Harm at the Expense of Effectiveness (2011)

28.  Kansas Joint Committees: Report of the Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight to the 2011 Kansas Legislature (2010)

29.  Melissa Hamilton: Public Safety, Individual Liberty, and Suspect Science: Future Dangerousness Assessments and Sex Offender Laws (2011)

30.  The Council of State Governments: Sex Offender Management Policy in the States: Strengthening Policy & Practice, Final Report (2010)

31.  Rachel J. Rodriguez: The Sex Offender Under the Bridge: Has Megan’s Law Run Amok? (2010)

32.  Richard Tewksbury, Travis Humkey: Prohibiting Registered Sex Offenders from Being at School: Assessing the Collateral Consequences of a Public Policy (2010)

33.  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Sex Offender Supervision and GPS Monitoring Task Force

34.  Jacqueline A. Berenson, Paul S. Appelbaum: A Geospacial Analysis of the Impact of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Two New York Counties (2010)

35.  Paul A. Zandbergen, Jill Levenson, Timothy C. Hart: Residential Proximity to Schools and Daycares: An Empirical Analysis of Sex Offense Recidivism (2010)

36.  Center for Effective Public Policy: The Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management (2010)

37.  Catherine L. Carpenter: Legislative Epidemics: A Cautionary Tale of Criminal Laws that have Swept the Country (2010)

38.  A. L. Datz: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions and Other Sex Offender Management Strategies: The Probation Officer Perspective in Florida (2010)

39.  Joseph J. Fischel: Transcendent Homosexuals and Dangerous Sex Offenders: Sexual Harm and Freedom in the Judicial Imaginary (2010)

40.  New York State Senate: Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime, and Corrections (2009-2010)

41.  David Finkelhor: The Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2009)

42.  Broward County, Florida: Final Report: Sexual Offender & Sexual Predator Residence Task Force (2009)

43.  Colorado Sex Offender Management Board: White Paper on the Use of Residence Restrictions as a Sex Offender Management Strategy (2009)

44.  Samantha Dawn Beecher: An Assessment of Proposed Sex Offender Mobility and Residency Restrictions in Nevada (2009)

45.  Kyra S. Kester, Ph. D.: Housing Sex Offenders in the Community: Results of a Literature Search Conducted for the Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board (2009)

46.  Ron Wilson: Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety Program and Data Resources, National Institute of Justice: Geographic Research Suggests Sex Offender Residency Laws May Not Work (2009)

47.  Geography & Public Safety: A Quarterly Bulletin of Applied Geography for the Study of Crime & Public Safety (May 2009)

48.  Patricia Salkin: Residency Restrictions for Convicted Sex Offenders: A Popular Approach on Questionable Footing (2009)

49.  Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D.: Community Protection from Sexual Violence: Intended and Unintended Outcomes of U.S. Policies (2009)

50.  Asmara Tekle-Johnson: In the Zone: Sex Offenders and the Ten-Percent Solutions (2009)

51.  Lindsay A. Wagner: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: How Common Sense Places Children at Risk (2009)

52.  Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Corrections: A Better Understanding, a Better Community: An Information Guide to Help Educate Municipalities About Juveniles Who Sexually Offend (2009)

53.  Jill Levenson, Richard Tewksbury: Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders (2009)

54.  Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Public Policy Briefs: Sex Offender Residence Restrictions (2008)

55.  California Coalition on Sexual Offending: Position Paper on Sex Offender Residence Restrictions (2008)

56.  Center for Sex Offender Management, A Project of the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs: Legislative Trends in Sex Offender Management (2008)

57.  Randall Cherry: New Mexico Sentencing Commission: Position Paper: Residential Restrictions (2008)

58.  Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP: Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders: A Failure of Public Policy (2008)

59.  The Council of State Governments: National Legislative Briefing, Sex Offender Management Policy: Zoned Out: States Consider Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders (2008)

60.  Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D.: Law & Psychiatry: Sex Offenders in the Community: Are Current Approaches Counterproductive? (2008)

61.  Justin H. Boyd: How to Stop a Predator: The Rush to Enact Mandatory Sex Offender Residency Restrictions and Why States Should Abstain (2008)

62.  Garrine P. Laney: CRS Report for Congress: Residence Restrictions for Released Sex Offenders (2008)

63.  Jeffrey C. Sandler, Naomi J. Freeman, Kelly M. Socia: Does a Watched Pot Boil? A Time-Series Analysis of New York State’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law (2008)

64.  Richard Tewksbury, Jill Levenson: When Evidence is Ignored: Residential Restrictions for Sex Offenders (2007)

65.  The Council of State Governments: CSG Staff Report: Out of Bounds: States Reconsider Sex Offender Management through Residency Restrictions (2007)

66.  Human Rights Watch: No Easy Answers: Sex Offender Laws in the US (2007)

67.  Jeffrey T. Walker: Eliminate Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders (2007)

68.  Lori Sue Collins: Conversation: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders: My Life Before and After HB 1059 (2007)

69.  Sarah Geraghty: Conversation: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders: Challenging the Banishment of Registered Sex Offenders from the State of Georgia: A Practitioner’s Perspective (2007)

70.  Richard Tewksbury: Conversation: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders: Exile at Home: The Unintended Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions (2007)

71.  Mark Loudon-Brown: "They Set Him on a Path where He’s Bound to Get Ill": Why Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Should be Abandoned (2007)

72.  Minnesota Department of Corrections: Residential Proximity & Sex Offense Recidivism in Minnesota (2007)

73.  Jill S. Levenson, Andrea L. Hern: Sex Offender Residence Restrictions: Unintended Consequences and Community Re-entry (2007)

74.  Corey Rayburn Yung: Banishment by a Thousand Laws: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders (2007)

75.  California Research Bureau: The Impact of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders and Correctional Management Practices: A Literature Review (Marcus Nieto, Professor David Jung, Requested by Assembly Member Mark Leno, 2006)

76.  Caleb Durling: Never Going Home: Does it Make Us Safer? Does it Make Sense? Sex Offenders, Residency Restrictions, and Reforming Risk Management Law (2006)

77.  Joseph L. Lester: Off to Elba: The Legitimacy of Sex Offender Residence and Employment Restrictions (2006)

78.  David A. Singleton: Sex Offender Residency Statutes and the Culture of Fear: The Case for More Meaningful Rational Basis Review of Fear-Driven Public Safety Laws (2006)

79.  Jill S. Levenson, Ph. D.: Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions (2005)

80.  Jill S. Levenson, Leo P. Cotter: The Impact of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions: 1,000 Feet from Danger or One Step from Absurd? (2005)

81.  Jill S. Levenson, Ph. D.: Sex Offender Residence Restrictions (2005)

82.  Minnesota Department of Corrections: 2003 Report to the Legislature: Level Three Sex Offenders Residential Placement Issues (2003)

83.  Bureau of Justice Assistance: Managing Sex Offenders: Citizens Supporting Law Enforcement: A Resource for Law Enforcement