Research on the Registry

(last updated 4-7-17)

The links below are categories of key research findings about the sex offender registry. Each link leads to a subset of articles in each category. Please utilize the contact page if you see that articles are missing or are listed in incorrect categories.

  1. Constitutional Issues (e.g. Cruel and unusual punishment, banishment) (46 articles)
  2. Public Shaming (48 articles)
  3. Promotes Homelessness & Unemployment (Effects of Residency Restrictions) (58 articles)
  4. Ruins Lives of Family Members (15 articles)
  5. Doesn’t Prevent Recidivism (59 articles)
  6. Doesn’t Prevent Non-Stranger Sex Offenses (10 articles)
  7. Doesn’t Prevent Sex-Offenses by Non-Repeat Offenders (15 articles)
  8. Gives False Sense of Security, Foments Fear (24 articles)
  9. Takes Resources from Programs to Prevent Sexual Abuse (20 articles)
  10. Vigilantism (7 articles)
  11. Unjust to Juveniles (35 articles)
  12. Commentary: Collateral Consequences (20 articles)
  13. Commentary: Policies Based on Fear/Politics/Emotion not Evidence (49 articles)
  14. Registry Reduces New Sex Offenses (6 articles)
  15. Offenders Less Likely to Re-Offend (1 article)
  16. Notification Helpful (3 articles)
  17. Registry Prevents Re-Arrests (2 articles)
  18. Community Benefits (6 articles)
  19. Rates of Sexual Assault/Abuse Decreases with Registry/Notification (2 articles)