Living Arrangements for Sex Offenders in Ohio: Effects of Economics, Laws, and Government Assistance Programs

Shawn M. Rolfe, Richard Tewksbury, and Karen F. Lahm recently published an article living arrangements for sex offenders. This article has been published in Prison Journal. You can read their abstract below.


Throughout the United States, Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) laws have created housing issues for registered sex offenders (RSOs). As a result of SORN, many RSOs may need to rely on family members for their housing needs. This study focused on two separate SORN laws (i.e., Megan’s Law and the Adam Walsh Act) in Ohio. Each law is enforced based on the offenders’ conviction date. This study draws on data from 188 adult male RSOs in Ohio using a disproportionate stratified sample technique. The findings suggest that neither law influences RSOs living with family members. The results did, however, find that an RSO’s income, or receiving government assistance, or being on probation/parole predicted the odds of living with family members. Policy implications of such findings are discussed.