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Do Sex Offender Laws Keep Us Safe?

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The city of Franklin wants to bar sex offenders from living near schools, but a judge ruled such restrictions violate equal protection laws. Franklin plans to appeal.  It’s just one example of how difficult this balancing act can be -- protecting the public while observing the rights of offenders. We’ll examine how this debate is unfolding in the Granite State.


Tom Reid: Deputy County Attorney for Rockingham County.

Chris Dornin: Founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform.

We'll also hear from...

Ken Merrifield: Mayor of the city of Franklin, which is in the midst of a court battle over residency restrictions for sex offenders. 

Barbara Keshen: Lawyer for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, which opposes residency restrictions.