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Perceptions of Sex Offender Registration: Collateral Consequences and Community Experiences

May 2006 NCJ 214013 :

Revealed in interviews, the centerpieces of the experiences of registered sex offenders were negative consequences for employment and relationships, and experiences of harassment, stigmatization, and perceived feelings of vulnerability. However, it is necessary to understand and put in perspective that the findings reported were based on the perceptions of registered sex offenders and the validity of individuals’ statuses creating these conditions cannot be definitely confirmed. Findings support and extend the findings of previously limited research by addressing collateral consequences for registered sex offenders. Through in-depth qualitative interviews of 22 registrants listed as residing in Jefferson County, KY, this research sought to gain insights to the extent and nature of collateral consequences as perceived by registered sex offenders. It explored the dimensions of if and how being labeled as a registered sex offender imposed additional and unanticipated penalties on offenders.

This study is available from: by Richard Tewksbury ; Matthew Lees

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