The Sex Offender Register: A Case Study in Function Creep

11 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2008

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Terry Thomas

Leeds Metropolitan University - School of Health and Community Care

Date Written: 2007-09-00

Abstract

We now have ten years' experience of the sex offender register and its requirements that offenders having committed designated offences notify the police every time their address and other details change. In those years the register has been strengthened and added to in various ways to make notification an increasingly onerous business. The police have been given new powers to enable them to enter premises. Those on the register have been denied early release from prison available to other offenders. This article asks questions about how far we can take the register before it becomes less of a public protection measure and more of a punishment in its own right.

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Terry, The Sex Offender Register: A Case Study in Function Creep (2007-09-00). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 47, Issue 3, pp. 227-237, July 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2008.00514.x

Terry Thomas (Contact Author)

Leeds Metropolitan University - School of Health and Community Care ( email )

Calverley Street
Leeds, LS1 3HE
United Kingdom

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