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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence against Women, Executive Summary

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dc.contributor.author Letourneau, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Levenson, Jill
dc.contributor.author Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar
dc.contributor.author Debajyoti, Sinha
dc.contributor.author Armstrong, Kevin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-01T21:28:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-01T21:28:57Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Letourneau, Elizabeth; Levenson, Jill; Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar; Debajyoti, Sinha; Armstrong, Kevin. (2011). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence against Women, Executive Summary. Medical University of South Carolina, 4 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Evaluating%20the%20Effectiveness%20of%20Sex%20Offender.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/434
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of one state’s sex offender registration and notification policy in reducing sexual violence…This study examined whether the introduction of sex offender registration and notification laws in South Carolina were associated with reductions in sexual crimes and, if so, whether this reduction could be attributed to an actual reduction in sexual violence and/or recidivism (i.e., an intended effect) or to changes in criminal judicial processing of individuals for registry crimes (i.e., an unintended effect)… Results from this program of research indicate that SORN, as implemented in South Carolina, appears to have a positive impact on general deterrence associated with averting approximately three new first-time sex crime cases per month. However, South Carolina’s SORN policy has no effect on deterring the risk of sexual recidivism. South Carolina’s SORN policy does exert unintended effects on judicial decision making with respect to adult sex crime cases. An increased number of defendants were permitted to plead to non-sex charges following the onset of South Carolina’s SORN policy and following its modification to require online notification. The net effects of this change could be to reduce community safety by increasing the likelihood that defendants guilty of sex crimes pleaded to non-sex crimes or were acquitted altogether. Finally, it does not appear that registered sex offenders who failure to register are more sexually dangerous than compliant registrants. (Author Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) en_US
dc.subject Program Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Victim Notification System en_US
dc.subject Perpetrators en_US
dc.subject Policy Analysis en_US
dc.subject Outcomes en_US
dc.subject Courts en_US
dc.subject Crime Victim Notification en_US
dc.subject Sex Offense en_US
dc.subject Sexual Assault en_US
dc.subject Rape en_US
dc.title Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence against Women, Executive Summary en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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