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Articles and Studies

This is by no means an exhaustive listing of articles and studies. There are a great many more available on academic research networks. Over the past several years, there has been a noticeable surge in the number of studies and research articles related to registration. This work product runs the full gamut of more particularized scientific observations stemming from the existence of sex offender registries for more than two decades. If you are interested in discovering more journal articles or published studies, try using Google Scholar to search on keywords or authors.

Another essential resource is your local college or university if it is connected to an academic journal system (and most are these days). Many published journal articles require a paid subscription to access, but if your local college or university allows access to its online journal to guests of the library you will be able to read (and even print) most of them for free. Among some noted academic authors to search are: L.C. Miccio-Fonseca, Jill Levenson, Elizabeth Mustaine, Richard Tewksbury, Matt Nobles, Kelly K. Bonnar-Kidd, Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Elizabeth Letourneau, and Kristen Zgoba.

Fixing a Non-Existent Problem with an Ineffective Solution: (Joshua E. Montgomery, Akron Law Review, 2018)

How to prevent child sexual abuse: Know the myths and realities (Elizabeth Jeglic; Cynthia Calkins, 2018)

Registering with Dignity (Sex Law and Policy, 2017)

SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban In Packingham V. NC. (David Booth, 2017)

Registration, Tracking of Sex Offenders Drives Mass Incarceration Numbers and Costs. (Rick Anderson, PLN, 2016)

When facts aren't facts: A look at the effectiveness of sexual offender registries. (Joshua Vaughn, 2016)

I'm a public defender. My clients would rather go to jail than register as sex offenders. (Rachel Marshall, Vox, 2016)

The List (Sarah Stillman, 2016)

Why the sex offender registry isn’t the right way to punish rapists (Dara Lind, Vox, 2016)

Hidden challenges Sex offenders legislated into homelessness (Jill Levenson, 2016)

No Place to Call Home Rethinking Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders (Gina Puls, Boston College, 2016)

"Why the Innocent Plead Guilty": An Exchange (Nancy Gertner, et al, 2016)

"Stranger Danger" to Children Vastly Overrated (Glenn Fleishman, 2015)

Sex Offender Registration and Notification in the United States: Current Case Law and Issues (DOJ, 2014)

Global Overview of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Systems (SMART Office, 2014)

Why Kids Sext (Hanna Rosin, 2014)

Risky Policies: How Effective Are Restrictions on Sex Offenders in Reducing Reoffending?  (Eric Tennen, 2014)

Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime (Margo Kaplan, 2014)

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws (Andrew Extein, 2014)

Reynolds vs US (RSOL, 2014)

My Son, the Sex Offender: One Mother's Mission to Fight the Law (Tony Dokoupil, 2014)

We Have It All Wrong. Shunning Offenders is Not Working: A Reaction to the Woody Allen Story (2014)

Circles of Support and Accountability: How and Why They Work for Sex Offenders (2013)

Gangsters to Greyhounds: The Past, Present, and Future of Offender Registration (Elizabeth Platt, 2013)

Special Sex Offender Issue, IJBCT (2013)

Raised on the Registry (2013) (includes link to full HRW study)

Patty Wetterling Questions Sex Offender Laws (2013)

Is Civil Commitment Legislation Based on False Premises?  (2013)

Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Impede Safety Goals (Jill Levenson, 2012)

Sex Offenders: The New Second Class Citizens (Derek Logue, 2012)

If It Saves One Child   (Sandy Rozek, 2012)

The Evolution of Unconstitutionality in Sex Offender Registration Laws (Catherine Carpenter, 2011)

How Safe Are Trick or Treaters? (Jill Levenson, 2010)

Juvenile Justice Bulletin, Juveniles Who Commit Sex OffensesAgainst Minors (2009)

Megan's Law: Assessing the Practical and Monetary Efficacy (Kristen Zgoba, 2008)

No Easy Answers (Human Rights Watch, 2007)

Richard B. Krueger, The New Witch Hunt (In public domain.) (2007)

Pariah: Sexual Fascism in Progressive America (Used with permission.) (2006)

Hollida Wakefield, The Vilification of Sex Offenders (Used with permission.) (2006)