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NCJ Number: 227910 Find in a Library
Title: Time-Series Analysis on the Impact of Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Laws on Plea Bargaining Rates
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:June 2009  Pages:153-165
Author(s): Naomi J. Freeman; Jeffrey C. Sandler; Kelly M. Socia
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the impact of sex offender registration and community notification laws on the criminal justice system, specifically on plea bargain agreement rates.
Abstract: The results suggest that the enactment of sex offender registration and community notification did not impact the rate of plea bargain agreements. The results were perhaps more noteworthy for what they did not indicate. That is, registration and community notification laws did not appear to be used as a bargaining tool to dispose of cases more quickly or as a means to avoid the penalties that result from being a convicted (registered) sex offender. Few studies to date have examined how registration and community notification laws have impacted the criminal justice system. This study sought to examine the collateral consequences of registration and community notification laws, specifically, whether or not the enactment of these laws resulted in an increase in plea bargain agreements. The rationale for this study was based on the theory that, as a result of registration and community notification laws, prosecutors had a tool to induce pleas and alleged offenders had a motivation to accept plea bargain agreements. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Sex Offender Registration
Index Term(s): Plea negotiations; Pleas; Prosecution; Sex offenders
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