Title

How many sex offenders really live among us? Adjusted counts and population rates in five US states

Publication Date

11-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The current study focuses on creating a more refined understanding of the number and prevalence rates of sex offenders living in five states using adjusted aggregate counts and US census data. Registered sex offender (RSO) population data reported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) were compared to data obtained directly from registries in five states and adjusted for those identified as confined, deported, deceased, or living in another jurisdiction. Results indicate that 43% of RSOs in the five states (ranging from 25% in Texas to 60% in Florida) were not living in the community. Similarly, when estimating point prevalence rates of RSOs per 100,000 people in the US population, rates were substantially inflated when not adjusted for those who are residing in the community. The need for accurate data to inform policy development, resource allocation, and public education is explored.

Publication Title

Journal of Crime and Justice

Volume

35

Issue

3

First Page

464

Last Page

474

DOI

10.1080/0735648X.2012.666407

Version

pre-print, post-print

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