A state law (or local ordinance) restricting where sexual offenders can live. Examples include 500 to 2500 feet from places where children/minors might congregate, such as schools, playgrounds, day cares, parks, and recreation centers. Sometimes this restriction also includes bus stops. Some states limit the restriction to only those sexual offenders who are convicted of the most serious offenses, offend against minors, or are judged highly likely to reoffend, while others apply the law more broadly to all sex offenders. Background Beginning in the mid 1990’s, due to the emergence of registration and notification laws, residents became more aware of sexual offenders living in their neighborhoods. This led to the notion that laws could restrict sexual offenders from living within close proximity to areas where children congregate. Application At least 30 states and many cities have implemented some form of residence restriction, includin
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