- Registrants cannot live or work within 1,000 feet of a school.
- Registrants cannot “loiter” within 1.000 feet of a school, which means that registrant-parents cannot participate in many of their children’s educational activities, attend school activities, or take their children to a park within an exclusion zone.
- School exclusions zones apply to all registrants, even to those whose crime had nothing to do with children and who have never been found to be a danger to children.
- Exclusions zones don’t work because they block former offenders from housing, employ-ment, treatment, stability, and supportive networks they need to build and maintain success-ful, law-abiding lives.
- A study by the Prison Policy Initiative found that almost 50 percent of Grand Rapids is off-limits to registrants (and much of the other 50 percent contains non-residential areas). See Exhibit 2, attached.
- Social science research shows no connection between where child sex offenses occur and where the offender lives or works.
- Most child sex offenses occur in the home and are com¬mitted by family members, friends, sitters, or others with a connection to the child.
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