By: Melanie Cabrera, MA
In this study of data on the successes or failures of sex offender laws, Ms. Cabrera compiles the results of these laws.
Little research has been done to determine the efficacy of community notification and registration laws (Levenson, D’Amora & Hern, 2007). However, an emerging area of research lies in the negative impact sex offender laws have on the sex offenders, their friends and their families (Levenson et al, 2007). Moreover, there is indication the laws may be unconstitutional (Agudo, 2008). The purpose of this research is to 1) explore whether the laws are making us safer, 2) examine the negative effects on sex offenders, family and friends, and 3) examine the constitutionality of the laws. Research will indicate the laws have not had their intended effect, but instead have produced collateral damage. Further, there exists serious doubt regarding the constitutionality of the laws.