Dexheimer cites a Nebraska study to explain why these ordinances are passed, despite evidence they don’t work and court rulings striking down restrictions in some places.
Yet the fear of child sex predators persists, and many citizens support residency restrictions — the wider the better. In a 2015 study, researchers from Nebraska asked residents their opinion of the state law prohibiting sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools and day care facilities.Sixty percent said 500 feet was too close. Half of those thought the buffer should be at least a mile; more than 10 percent simply said registered offenders should be forced to live “somewhere far away.”
Read the full article online at the Austin American-Statesman.