BY MONICA VON DOBENECK
Several studies have shown that laws restricting where convicted sex offenders can live don't make children safer.
People fear sexual of fenders, especially any whose offense is directed at children.
So it's maybe understandable to see why Middletown has joined a list of Pennsylvania communities that restrict where convicted sex offenders can live. The problem is that several studies seem to show such laws don't make children safer.
Lauren Taylor is executive director of the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, which evaluates everyone accused of a sex crime to determine their risk to society. Taylor is no apologist for sex offenders and would not dictate to municipalities. But she visits municipalities considering such laws at their invitation to arm them with the facts she has gathered.
"Research shows there is no correla
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