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Collateral Consequences and Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Law Enforcement Perspectives

NCJ Number
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Volume: 4 Issue: 62 Dated: 2018 Pages: 1080-1106
Date Published
17 pages
This study presents results from a mixed method study that examined law enforcement (LE) perspectives on collateral consequences and effectiveness of sex offender registration and notification (SORN).

A growing body of research has examined the collateral effects of sex offender registration and notification (SORN), particularly those related to offenders' social and economic reintegration into society. Although studies have examined public, offender, treatment provider, and other criminal justice perspectives on SORN's collateral impacts, few have elicited the views of law enforcement (LE) professionals who have contact with registered offenders. Results of the current study indicate that, although overall LE concern regarding collateral impacts is limited, those who are most engaged in SORN-related duties are significantly more likely to indicate such concern, and also more likely to believe that SORN is an effective public safety tool. Importantly, respondents in states with larger registries expressed greater concern over collateral consequences and less belief in SORN's public safety efficacy. Implications for policy and practice are discussed. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2018