in Academy for Justice, A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform, (Erik Luna ed., 2017 Forthcoming)
18 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 9, 2017
Since the 1990s, laws in U.S. jurisdictions have required that convicted sex offenders, living in communities, provide identifying information to authorities, which is then made available to community residents in the dual hope that they will undertake safety measures and that registrants will be deterred from re-offending. The laws have been and remain popular with the public and political actors alike, but have long been criticized for being predicated on empirical misunderstandings, most notably that sex offenders as a group recidivate at higher rates than other offenders and that most sexual offending involves strangers. Today, moreover, a considerable body of social science research calls into question whether registration and notification achieve their avowed public safety goals. This chapter, to be included in a forthcoming volume on potential criminal justice reform initiatives, summarizes the research undertaken to date and offers several concrete suggestions for ways in which registration and notification laws can be improved.
Keywords: Megan's laws, sex offender registration, Adam Walsh Act
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Logan, Wayne A., Reforming Registries (March 9, 2017). in Academy for Justice, A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform, (Erik Luna ed., 2017 Forthcoming) ; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 833. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2930663