A new law that further tightens restrictions on where sex offenders can live has some law enforcement agencies concerned it will discourage people from registering as offenders.

The law, which went into effect on Nov. 1, added home daycares to the list of locations sex offenders cannot live near. Prior to that, state law already prohibited offenders from living near child-friendly areas, ordering them to live 2,000 feet from public and private schools, churches, playgrounds, parks or daycare centers. The law did not apply to home daycares, of which Oklahoma has more than 1,500.

Some law enforcement and critics say the restrictive laws are counterproductive.

Tulsa Police Department Sgt. John Adams is head of the child exploitation and sex offender unit. He said although the law was intended to make communities safer, it has essentially done the opposite.


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