Title

Legislation Targeting Sex Offenders: Are Recent Policies Effective in Reducing Rape?

Publication Date

12-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In recent years, several pieces of state and federal legislation have imposed new restrictions on convicted sex offenders, including registration with law enforcement agencies, community notification provisions, and sexually violent predator designations permitting civil commitment following a prison sentence. This paper uses panel data for the American states for the years 1970–2002 to assess the impact of these policies on the rate at which rapes occur. Our research finds no evidence that our current policies reduce the incidence of rape.

Publication Title

Justice Quarterly

Volume

29

Issue

6

First Page

858

Last Page

887

DOI

10.1080/07418825.2011.566887

Version

pre-print, post-print

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