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  NCJ Number: NCJ 179992     Find in a Library
  Title: Sex Offender Community Notification: Assessing the Impact in Wisconsin, Research in Brief
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Richard Zevitz ; Mary Ann Farkas
  Date Published: 12/2000
  Page Count: 11
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: Research conducted in Wisconsin in 1998 assessed the perceptions of residents, law enforcement, probation/parole agents, and sex offenders regarding the effects of the State’s community notification law that authorizes officials to alert residents about the release and reintegration of sex offenders in their communities.
  Abstract: Information came from surveys of 704 neighborhood residents at 22 community notification meetings, observations of these meetings, and a statewide survey of police and sheriffs’ agencies, field observations and a statewide survey of probation and parole agents, and personal interviews of 30 convicted sex offenders who were the topics of community notification, news media reports, or both. Results indicated that the public needs additional information about the purpose of notification meetings and the limits of notification laws. The percentage of attendees who left meetings feeling more concerned about the sex offender was nearly equal to the percentage who felt less concerned. Law enforcement agencies experienced few problems carrying out tasks prescribed by the notification law, but the cost of labor resources necessary for notification was an issue. Notification laws increased the workload of probation and parole officers who monitor sex offenders, especially for high-profile Special Bulletin Notification cases. All but one of the sex offenders interviewed stated that the community notification process adversely affected their transition from prison to the outside world. Housing resources for sex offenders released to notification areas were scarce. The analysis concluded that although the law’s primary goal of community protection is being served, law enforcement and corrections agencies bear a high cost in terms of personnel, time, and budgetary resources. Community notification also carries a personal cost for the sex offenders so identified; housing and employment are the most immediate needs. Figures, tables, reference notes, and 5 references
  Main Term(s): Corrections policies
  Index Term(s): State laws ; Crime specific countermeasures ; Costs ; Sex offenders ; Crime control policies ; Legislative impact ; Sex Offender Registration/Registries ; Wisconsin
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 98-IJ-CX-0015;
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  Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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