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Buffalo: City of Sex Offender Neighbors?

Photo is a screen grab from FamilyWatchdog, a website that tracks sex offenders.

blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

All across America, the rules regarding where a registered sex offender can/cannot reside vary. In Buffalo, sex offenders are allowed to live in 6.5 percent of the city’s total area—which makes sense because Buffalo is dotted with parks, playgrounds, schools and other venues that sex offenders must avoid when looking for a place to live.

But a study published in Clinical Psychiatry News unveiled some startling stats, including some unexpected details regarding residency trends among Erie County’s sex offenders. For being limited to just a teeny-tiny 6.5 percent of the city, more than 90 percent of the county’s sex offenders live within the city walls.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jacqueline A. Berenson and a team of researchers compiled data from the New York State Department of Cyber Security, expecting to find that Erie County’s sex offenders would largely flock to the ‘burbs and rural areas where there are fewer restricted zones. Nope. Not the case at all. The county’s sex offenders, the researchers found, were mainly living right in the city of Buffalo. And among the 90 percent of Erie County sex offenders, 91 percent reside in restricted zones.

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TAGGED: new york state, sex offenders

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