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Recommended Resources

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Definition of research

Recidivism among sex offenders in Connecticut ( State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

Frightening and High: The Supreme Court’s crucial mistake about sex crime statistics ( Ira and Tara Ellman

How Safe Are Trick-or-Treaters? An Analysis of Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween ( Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment/Chaffin, Levinson, Letourneau, Stern

It’s time to rethink how we treat child sex offenders ( ABC Australia/Melville

Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors ( Juvenile Justice Bulletin/Finkelhor, Ormrod, Chaffin

National Estimates of Registered Sex Offenders in the United States: Is Double Counting a Problem ( Ackerman

Once a Sex Offender, Always a Sex Offender? Maybe not ( Scientific American/Arkowitz, Lilienfeld

Predator Panic: A Closer Look ( The Committee For Skeptical Inquiry/Radford

Punishment That Doesn’t Fit the Crime ( The New York Times/Berkowitz

Residence Restrictions Are Ineffective, Inefficient, and Inadequate: So Now What? ( Socia

Sex Offenders and Public Safety: A Four-Part Series (org/post/sex-offenders-and-public-safety-four-part-series)Virginia Public Radio/Hausman

Sex Offenders on Federal Community Supervision: Factors that Influence Revocation ( Federal Probation Journal/Johnson

Sex Offenders: Recidivism, Re-Entry Policy and Facts ( The Huffington Post/Paul Heroux

Sex Offender Registration: Why Fear Isn’t Smart Policy ( The Crime Report/Day

States Struggle To Control Sex Offender Costs ( National Public Radio/Greenblat

Studies question effectiveness of sex offender laws ( Science Daily/Agan

What is the Most Common Age of a Sex Offender? (Surprise!) ( Skenazy

When junk science about sex offenders infects the Supreme Court ( The New York Times/Feige

Why sex offender registries don’t work ( Quartz/Berlatsky


Domino effect

Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders ( Levinson, Tewksbury

Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender residence Restrictions Levinson

Scapegoating The Sex Offender ( Northley

New evidence says US sex-offender policies are actually causing more crime (

When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence ( The New Yorker/Stillman


Gavel, scales of justice and law books

Assumptions and Evidence Behind Sex Offender Laws: Registration, Community Notification, and Residence Restrictions ( Socia

Sex Offender laws in the US ( Human Rights Watch

Sex Offender Laws May Do More Harm Than Good ( Human Rights Watch

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