BELLONE: SUFFOLK SEX OFFENDER MONITORING HAS REDUCED RECIDIVISM
Suffolk County officials Friday touted the record of their nearly 2-year-old program formonitoring convicted sex offenders, saying it had reduced recidivism. The officials' remarksat a news conference in Hauppauge came less than two weeks after the state Court of Appeals struckdown a Nassau County law prohibiting Level 1 sex offenders, considered the least likely toreoffender, from living within 1,000 feet of a school. The ruling invalidated more than 100 localordinances, including Suffolk's, which prohibits Level 1 and 2 offenders from living within aquarter-mile of a school, day care center, playground or amusement park. Laura Ahearn,executive director of Parents for Megan's Law, credited monitoring of offenders' onlinecommunications, and of where they live and work, with reducing recidivism. The program hasexceeded even our own expectations, said Ahearn, who plans to begin a similar program in Nassaulater this year.
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