Community notification makes readily available information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. Offenders older than 50 when released from prison reoffended at half the rate of those younger than percent versus 26 percent, respectively, after 15 years. But the high recidivism rates I assumed to be true do not exist.
I am not saying one doesn't exist, I just don't understand it.
The Act defines a sex offense as a "criminal offense that has an element involving a sexual act or sexual contact with another. If states do require child offenders to register, then they should do so only after a panel of qualified experts determines that the child poses a high risk of sexual reoffense, and that public safety cannot be adequately protected through any means other than the child being subject to registration.
Image 1 of 4. Tampa Bay Times. The laws extend to nonviolent offenses, low-risk offenders, and thus dilute the law enforcement potency of sex offender registries. With only a few exceptions, states do not impose any "need to know" limitations on who has access to the registrant's information.
Does having premarital sex make me a danger to society? Sex offender laws also reflect the assumption that previously convicted sex offenders are responsible for most sex crimes. Speeches featured stories of child victims who suffered serious abuse. Registered sex offenders are assigned a risk level by judge after a court hearing: Level 1 low risk of re-offense ; Level 2 medium risk of re-offense , and Level 3 high risk of re-offense.
Neighbors as well as strangers harass, intimidate and physically assault people who have committed sex offenses.