Sex Offenders

An Exploration of the Offending Behavior or Sex Offenders: Summary of Findings

Todd Armstrong, Vince Webb, Charles Katz

Sample Characteristics

  • 244 Registered Sex Offenders-Phoenix
  • Predominantly White (64.3%)
  • Predominantly Male (98 8%) Predominantly Male (98.8%)
  • 57% Level II Offenders
  • 43%Level III Offenders
  • 62.3% on Probation
  • Average Age of First Arrest for Any Offense=26.27

The Phoenix Sex Offender Clustering Study

Publication Date: 
October 5, 2007
Charles M. Katz, David Choate

Purpose & Methodology
• Phoenix City Council was interested in approving new ordinances that would further regulate sex offender distance restrictions and clustering.

• Official police data

• Offender interview data

• Citizen survey data

• Key stakeholder data

• Mapping

The Phoenix Sex Offender Clustering Study: Offender Interviews

Publication Date: 
October 31, 2006
Charles M. Katz, David Choate

Examine the impact of sex offender registration and sex offender notification on those convicted of a sex offense.
– Sex offender perceptions and experiences with housing
– Sex offender perceptions and experiences with victimization
– Social and emotional and consequences of sex offender registration and notification

The Social and Psychological Impact of Sex Offender Community Notification on the Residents of Phoenix, Arizona

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Publication Date: 
November 1, 2006
Howard Birnbaum

In the mid-1990s Congress enacted legislation designed to protect the public from sex offenders who were released from corrections into the community. The depraved nature of the crimes committed by these types of offenders, and the subsequent public demand that something be done, evoked a legislative response. The new laws required sex offenders to register with law enforcement, and mandated that law enforcement, in tum, notify communities when sex offenders were being released into their neighborhoods.

Where Do We Go From Here?

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Publication Date: 
December 1, 2006
Charles M. Katz, Vincent J. Webb, Todd Armstrong, Constance Kostelac

A Report on Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Housing in Phoenix, Arizona

Prior to developing and approving new ordinances that would further regulate sex- offender distance restrictions and clustering, the Phoenix City Council approved a study to examine the nature and impact of sex-offender clustering. Their overall goal was to use the study to fill in some important knowledge gaps about the issue of sex-offender residential clustering in order to inform the development of effective policy.