On Monday I posted about the effect sex offender residency laws had on recidivism. Yesterday, there was a story over at The New York Times that underscored the unintended consequences these laws have. Long Island's Suffolk County ended up cramming up to 40 sex offenders into two county owned trailers.
Without stable housing after prison, sex offenders can be hard to monitor and are more likely to lapse again into predation, said Bill O’Leary, a forensic therapist who works with victims and perpetrators of sexual and violent crimes in the New York area.
“This forces them to be more transient, which gives them more exposure to society,” Mr. O’Leary said, referring to the residency restrictions. “Even those that are the more predatory are forced to be out in society.”