Examining the Correlates of Sex Offender Residence Restriction Violation Rates

In a new study published in the Journal of Quantitative CriminologyDr. Jason Rydberg and his colleagues assessed correlates of sex offender residence restriction violations. 

Abstract: Although several studies have warned that enacting sex offender residence restrictions (SORR) will result in a large number of sex offenders needing to relocate their housing, additional research has found that large proportions of sex offenders (from 30 - 90%) continued to live at addresses in violation of SORR policies. We sought to explore the correlates of SORR violation rates at the county level across Michigan and Missouri. We found that counties with higher levels of concentrated disadvantage had significantly higher violation rates. This finding was isolated to sex offenders following SORR implementation and was not observed among pre-SORR sex offenders, or pre/post SORR non-sex offenders. The research suggests that the factors which drive SORR violations may vary considerably across states, and research into SORR implementation will be necessary to understand the mechanism underlying this relationship.