Phoenix wants to spend at least $40,000 to study the impact of sex offender clusters on neighborhoods, the Arizona Republic reports. It would be the first step toward a city ordinance to limit the number of sex offenders living at the same address. The issue arose this year when residents realized there were 33 sex offenders living at one apartment complex in Phoenix. Similar clusters also exist in other areas.
“Whenever you cluster certain kinds of activities in an area that are negative, it has a far greater impact than it would if these problems were spread out,” said Bev Harvey, a community activist who lives near two clusters in west Phoenix. “This creates such an element of fear in neighborhoods.” Attempts to pass a state law died in the legislature this year.