Sex Offender Residential Mobility and Relegation: The Collateral Consequences Continue

Dr. Richard Tewksbury is co-author on a recent paper which focused on how sex offenders continue to be relegated to socially disorganized neighborhoods. This 2016 study, published in the American Journal of Criminal Justiceconfirms findings from his 2006 study on a similar topic. 

Abstract: Prior research (see American Journal of Criminal Justice 30 (2), 177–192, 2006a) examined the residential locations and mobility of registered sex offenders and showed a common movement into increasingly socially disorganized neighborhoods after 5 years of registration. The present study examines whether or not this downward spiral continues for these sex offenders 10 years later. We examined 212 registrants from the original study and found that since their original arrest 38 % of the registrants have moved into a more socially disorganized neighborhood than their previous address. The only variable found to influence the likelihood of move to a more socially disorganized neighborhood is race, with minority sex offenders most affected. The findings suggest that the collateral consequences of sex offender policies have longterm deleterious effects on housing for sex offenders.