Newsday/Robert Brodsky


Suffolk County officials yesterday touted the record of their nearly 2 year oldprogram for monitoring convicted sex offenders, saying it had reduced recidivism. Theofficial’s remarks came less than two weeks after the state Court of Appeals struck down aNassau County law prohibiting level 1 sex offenders, considered the least likely to reoffend, fromliving within 1,000 feet of a school. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the ruling willhave minimal impact because of the work of Parents for Megan’s Law, a Ronkonkoma-basednonprofit that monitors the behavior of sex offenders and sends out alerts to the public when theymove into a neighborhood. Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan’s Law,credited monitoring of offenders’ online communications and of where they live and work, withreducing recidivism. The program has exceeded even our own expectations, said Ahearn, who plansto begin a similar program in Nassau later this year.

(New York)


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