Sex Offender Registration, Notification, and Restriction Laws

Charles Patrick Ewing

in Justice Perverted

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732678
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894550 | DOI:
Sex Offender Registration, Notification, and Restriction Laws

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This chapter examines sex offender registration, notification, and restriction laws. It begins by looking at the historical roots of these laws—now long-defunct efforts by a number of states to monitor the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders. It also traces the legislative and judicial history of these laws from 1990 to the present, and examines this body of law in light of empirical data regarding sex offender recidivism and the deterrent efficacy of sex offender registration, public notification, and restrictions on where convicted sex offenders may live, work, or travel. Finally, the chapter details and then weighs the economic and other costs and benefits of these laws.

Keywords: sex offenders; sex offenses; sex offender registries; sex offender registration law; recidivism; deterrent; public notification

Chapter.  19259 words. 

Subjects: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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