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Advocacy Tactics and Policy Outcomes of Sex Offender Rights Organizations

September 2015:

Social movement organizations for sex offender rights work to reduce harm to registrants and their family members by influencing sex offender registration and community notification policies.

This study draws on two theories of social movement organizations—organizational emergence and political opportunities—to investigate the capacity (i.e., structure, resources, knowledge and skills) of these organizations to bring about policy changes.

Data were gathered using in-depth, telephone interviews with 19 leaders of state-level advocacy organizations in the United States. Two types of strategies emerged, distinguishing organizations as proactive or reactive in their approach to policy change. Proactive organizations contribute to policy amendment, development or adoption, whereas reactive organizations focus on blocking policy.
Snippet from paper: "Nineteen interviews were conducted for this study. I used the website Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) as the sampling frame because it was the only publicly available listing of anti-SORN SMOs. RSOL is a national organization that links the state organizations together. The website had a page that listed the e-mail addresses for 39 leaders of RSOL state affiliate organizations."
These two types of organizations have similar tactical repertoires; however, more proactive organizations report the use of networking and coalition building and media stories, and more reactive organizations report the use of legislative testimony and research and policy analysis tactics.

This study informs social work policy and practice by highlighting effective and ineffective tactics used by highly stigmatized advocacy organizations. ..Source.. by Erin Comartin & Her Other Research

Her preliminary paper when she gathered facts for the above paper.

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