Award Date

5-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Tamara D. Madensen, Chair

Second Committee Member

Timothy C. Hart

Third Committee Member

M. Alexis Kennedy

Graduate Faculty Representative

Anna Lukemeyer

Number of Pages

105

Abstract

This research explores the impact of sex offender exclusion zones and residency restrictions proposed by Nevada Senate Bill 471. This law would prohibit sex offenders from being within 500 feet of places where children congregate and living within 1,000 feet of these places. Analyses conducted using Geographic Information Systems demonstrate the degree to which offender mobility, housing, employment, and access to social services may be restricted should the law be adopted and enforced. Data are also used to assess the potential impact of the law on victimization patterns. Policy implications, data limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Keywords

Crime prevention; Criminology; Criminal justice; Administration of; Sex offenders

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

Language

English

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