Read the ballot question and proposed ordinance here:

http://www.yarmouth.me.us/Yarmouth_Special_Election_Consolidated_Ballot_110816.pdf

http://www.yarmouth.me.us/REFERENDUM_ORDINANCE_LANGUAGE.pdf


Find news articles here:

www.wcsh6.com/news/local/yarmouth-voters-to-decide-on-living-restrictions-for-sex-offenders/346375083

http://wgme.com/news/local/yarmouth-voters-to-decide-on-whether-to-restrict-where-sex-offenders-can-live

http://www.theforecaster.net/yarmouth-group-opposes-sex-offender-residency-restriction/

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/19/yarmouth-to-vote-on-restrictions-to-where-sex-offenders-can-live/

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/15/our-view-yarmouth-town-council-should-reject-sex-offender-residency-rule/

http://www.theforecaster.net/sex-offender-residency-restriction-divides-yarmouth-council-may-go-to-voters/

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/03/leter-to-the-editor-sex-offender-residency-limits-should-be-opposed/


Here is a bibliography of studies, reports, web sites etc. dealing with sexual offenders:

The following link is for a recent report by the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission on reforms to sex offender laws.  It is similar to reforms proposed by the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee.

http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Boards/Sentencing/resources/Publications/AdHocCommSexOffenderReg.pdf

The following link is a ACLU study which makes recommendations for reforms that are consistent and applicable to the sexual offender reforms, particularly in terms of sentencing and limiting collateral consequences.

http://www.acluohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LookingForward2016_03.pdf

The following link is to a paper questioning the effectiveness of earlier sexual offender laws, Since passage of the Adam Walsh Act, this problem has grown even more severe.

https://www.appa-net.org/eweb/docs/appa/pubs/RML.pdf

The following link is a CATO institute report.  Even this conservative leaning think tank is questioning these laws.

http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/regulation/2012/8/v35n2-1.pdf

The following link is commentary on the problems with sex offender registries.

https://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2014/08/16/sex-offender-registries-sors-time-for-a-change/

The following link is more commentary on the problems with sex offender registries.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18862/rethinking-prisons-rethinking-sex-offender-registries

The following link is a analysis of sex offender laws by the Economist magazine.

http://www.economist.com/node/14164614

The following study describes the negative consequences of sex offender residence restriction laws

http://econ.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/kang-songman-jm-paper.original.pdf

The following link is to another advocacy group RSOL partners with for reform of sexual offender laws.

http://www.cautionclick.com/

The following is a link to a Human Rights Watch study on sex offender laws.

https://www.hrw.org/reports/2007/us0907/

The following link is a study by the Federal Sentencing Commission on punishment for child pornography

http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/congressional-testimony-and-reports/sex-offense-topics/201212-federal-child-pornography-offenses/Full_Report_to_Congress.pdf

The following FOX News link is a balanced review of child pornography sentencing laws.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/29/debate-rages-over-severity-child-porn-sentences.html

The following link is a Huffington Post article on Sex Offenders: Recidivism, Re-Entry Policy and Facts

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-heroux/sex-offenders-recidivism_b_976765.html

The following link is an analysis of state residency restrictions for sex offenders.

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0380.htm

The following link is to Women Against Registry, an advocacy group against sexual offender registries

https://www.womenagainstregistry.org/

The following link is to The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders.

http://www.csom.org/index.html

The following link is to an article at Corrections.com on Facts and Fiction about Sex Offenders.

http://www.corrections.com/articles/24500-facts-and-fiction-about-sex-offenders

The following link is to a Politifact Ohio analysis of a statement by The Ohio Public Defenders Office “The sex-offender registry has been around for a long time, and the research that’s out there says that it has no positive impact on the public safety.”  It found this statement MOSTLY TRUE.

http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2013/apr/22/ohio-public-defenders-office/ohio-public-defenders-office-says-sex-offender-reg/

The following link is to Association For The Treatment Of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse.

http://www.atsa.com/

The following link is to a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial critical of Sex Offender Registries.

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/sex-offender_registry_requires_reboot_in_ohio_and_the_nation_editorial.html