Minnesota Sac Director Valerie Clark and Grant Duwe have authored an article published in the current issue of Criminal Justice Policy Review (CJPR). The article, What Predicts Where Sex Offenders Live? An Examination of Census Tract Data in Minnesota, examines the geographic distribution of sex offenders. The purpose of this research is to examine the factors that are associated with the concentration of sex offenders in a large geographic area with few residency restrictions. This research also examines multiple categories of sex offenders subject to varying levels of community notification, allowing for an assessment of what, if any, effect community notification has on the residential patterns of sex offenders. Concentrated disadvantage, concentrated affluence, and housing affordability are all significant factors in explaining the concentration of multiple categories of sex offenders. Concentrated affluence relative to poverty is the most consistent predictor of sex offender concentration, revealing that more affluent communities ward off sex offender residents, regardless of community notification requirements. The CJPR is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal committed to the study of criminal justice policy through quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methodological approaches.
The Full article is available at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0887403415594200.