Sex Offenders

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

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?

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.