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Justice PervertedSex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy$
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Charles Patrick Ewing

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732678.001.0001

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Sex Offender Registration, Notification, and Restriction Laws

Sex Offender Registration, Notification, and Restriction Laws

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(p.69) 2 Sex Offender Registration, Notification, and Restriction Laws
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Justice Perverted
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Charles Patrick Ewing

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732678.003.0002

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

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