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NCJ Number: NCJ 241033     Find in a Library
Title: North Carolina Sexual Offender Legislation: Policy Placebo?
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:51  Issue:3  Dated:April 2012  Pages:115 to 134
Author(s): Amy Dellinger Page ; Julie Sprinkle Hill ; Griff Gilbert
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 20
Document: HTML 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this study, the authors assess sexual offenders’ perceptions of residency restrictions in the State of North Carolina.
Abstract: Current legislation at the State and Federal level is largely based on the premise that one can best protect children by prohibiting sexual offenders’ access to children through the use of residency restrictions, employment sanctions, and community notification. While well intentioned, these policies are short sighted and based more on public misperceptions than empirical research. In this study, the authors assess sexual offenders’ perceptions of residency restrictions in the State of North Carolina. The study population was comprised of a nonrandom sample of 231 adult sexual offenders from 11 outpatient sexual offender treatment sites in North Carolina. The majority (151) of sexual offenders stated that housing restrictions do nothing to prevent them from reoffending. More than half (135) indicated that no residency restrictions would serve as an effective deterrent. These findings indicate the need for a more comprehensive approach to the community management of sexual offenders. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Legislation ; Policy analysis ; Sex Offender Registration/Registries ; North Carolina ; Community Responses (crime prevention)
   
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