How well do you know your neighbors?

By , March 7, 2010 5:32 pm

“Sex offender registration and notification laws are based on the assumption that sex offenders are more likely to recidivate than other offenders,” according to a recent report by Arkansas Crime Information Center. “The research on the validity of this assertion is very mixed.”

The Center for Sex Offender Management said the idea that sex offenders are more likely to commit new offenses is “one of the biggest myths about sex offenders.”

Dr. Jeffery Walker, a professor of criminology at the University of Arkansas and author of the recent report, said sex offender registry laws are based on “really good political rationales, but if you start looking at the reality, it doesn’t hold a lot of water.

“We typically do things on kind of knee-jerk reactions,” Walker said. “Most of the sex offender laws have some poor child’s name attached to them … there’s this emotional response. They don’t look at the unintended consequences of the laws.”

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