In Broward County Commissioners appointed a task force in an effort to research and anticipate the possible outcomes of increased residency restrictions. The harm befalling youth sex offenders can be severe. Recent legislation also sought to prevent sex offenders from being able to obtain or retain certain professional licenses.
Juvenile MaleF. A full 84 percent of those interviewed by Human Rights Watch were 17 years old or younger when they began registering.
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Nearly all jurisdictions have made failure to register a criminal offense punishable by fines and imprisonment. Even acknowledging the considerable harm that youth offenders can cause, these requirements operate as, in effect, continued punishment of the offender.
First, sex offender registries are focused on preventing recidivism, when instead the focus should be on deterring the first offense from ever happening. Ten of the states subjected children found guilty in both juvenile and criminal court proceedings to sex offender registration laws, and had done so since the mids Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, South Carolina, and Washington.
Studies of the failure-to-register offense among all offenders adults and children emphasize the difficulty of maintaining registration, noting the sheer volume of obligations and the constant vigilance required of registrants to stay in compliance.
Since the family members of youth sex offenders often must abide by residency restriction laws if they want to live together, the numbers of people in the US affected by these laws is significant. All three are subject to sex offender registration requirements.