Does a watched pot boil

Despite the fact that the federal and many state governments have enacted registration
and community notification laws as a means to better protect communities
from sexual offending, limited empirical research has been conducted to examine
the impact of such legislation on public safety. Therefore, utilizing time-series
analyses, this study examined differences in sexual offense arrest rates before and
after the enactment of New York State’s Sex Offender Registration Act. Results
provide no support for the effectiveness of registration and community notification laws
in reducing sexual offending by: (a) rapists, (b) child molesters, (c) sexual recidivists, or
(d) first-time sex offenders. Analyses also showed that over 95% of all sexual offense
arrests were committed by first-time sex offenders, casting doubt on the ability of laws
that target repeat offenders to meaningfully reduce sexual offending.

DoesAWatchedPot

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