• Time-Series Analyses of the Impact of SORN Law


    Time-Series Analyses of the Impact of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law Implementation and Subsequent Modifications on Rates of Sexual Offenses

    Jeff A. Bouffard 1 and LaQuana N. Askew 1


    Sex offender registration and notification (SORN) laws were implemented
    to protect communities by increasing public awareness, and these laws have
    expanded over time to include registration by more types of offenders. Despite
    widespread implementation, research provides only inconsistent support for
    the impact of SORN laws on incidence of sexual offending. Using data from
    a large metropolitan area in Texas over the time period 1977 to 2012, and
    employing a number of time-series analyses, we examine the impact of the
    initial SORN implementation and two enhancements to the law. Results reveal
    no effect of SORN, or its subsequent modifications, on all sexual offenses or
    any of several specific offenses measures (e.g., crimes by repeat offenders).
    Implications for effective policy and future research are presented.



    Categories: Civil Rights, Legislating Morality, Statistics and Research, Supervision and Restraints

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