Namespaces Article Talk. According to the Office of Justice Programs ' SMART Office, sex offender registration and notification requirements arguably have been implemented in the absence of empirical evidence regarding their effectiveness. It recommended removing employment barriers that keep former prisoners out of the work force, such as licensing restrictions, and easing negligent-hiring liability statutes for employers.
The study found no evidence that registration had any effect to the level of crime against strangers. A number of recidivism rates of sex offenders by state in Chicago studies did not find evidence that SORN implementation positively impacted the rate of sexual offending or recidivism.
Several interrupted time series analyses assessing SORN have been completed in recent years.
In fact, a number of negative unintended consequences have been empirically identified, including loss of housing, loss of support systems, and financial hardship that may aggravate rather than mitigate offender risk. While these hypotheses were not empirically tested prior to the implementation of SORN requirements, a significant body of research using various methods has since examined the impact of SORN, particularly in relation to recidivism.
Criminal Justice Studies. Cost of Prison Systems. OffenderWatch's analytics extension known as FOCUS helps law enforcement save time by identifying high risk offenders that need to be monitored.
Washington, DC: U. The same study found that notification laws may affect sex offense frequency, although not in a way as lawmakers intended. Download as PDF Printable version. December Criminal Justice and Behavior.
A second control group - non-notification- consisted of offenders assigned to Level 1 and Level 2 who were released between and not subject to broad community notification. Add links. Reform activism. Similar findings were reported in a Washington state study.
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