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Geography and Public Safety: A Quarterly Bulletin of Applied Geography for the Study of Crime & Public Safety, Volume 2, Issue 1

NCJ Number
Geography & Public Safety Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Dated: May 2009 Pages: 1-16
Date Published
May 2009
16 pages
This issue of "Geography and Public Safety" presents five articles that address the administration and effectiveness of laws that restrict where sex offenders can live in the community (only in areas not in proximity to public places where children congregate) as well as global positioning systems that monitor sex offenders' movements.
In the first article, the crime analyst for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office describes her work with experts in geographic information systems (GISs) in using mapping and spatial analysis as means of determining the effects of sex offender residency restrictions if California's Proposition 83, called Jessica's Law, was to pass. The second article describes how sex offenders are managed in the community under Florida's laws, and a case study is presented to show how this management system can work for the benefit of sex offenders in the community who may be suspected of reoffending, but are innocent. The third article reports on a Minnesota study and other studies that have examined whether laws that specify residency requirements for sex offenders living in the community are effective in reducing sex-offender recidivism. The fourth article describes the tools that can be used to process data from a global positioning system (GPS) that tracks the location of sex offenders. The fifth article reports on geographic research that indicates sex offender residency restriction laws may not be effective in preventing sexual recidivism. In addition to these five articles, this issue reports on recent news regarding research on the effectiveness of residency restriction laws; California budget cuts for the funding of sex offender housing; legal threats to sex offenders' civil rights; the defeat of a residency restriction proposal in Manitowoc, WI; and the impact on sex offenders' behavior of Tulsa's (Oklahoma) 2005 residency restriction law.

Date Published: May 1, 2009