alexa Residential Relegation of Registered Sex Offenders
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Elizabeth Ehrhardt Mustaine, Richard Tewksbury

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This study builds on existing research (Hughes and Kadleck 2008; Mustaine et al. 2006a; Tewksbury and Mustaine 2006) that shows registered sex offenders are more likely to live in undesirable and socially disorganized communities. We extend such analyses to a geographically and demographically different community and employ more sophisticated measures of social disorganization concepts to assess the validity of the claim that registered sex offenders are relegated to socially disorganized communities. Data from Orange County, Florida, including measures of violent crime and the social disorganization concepts of concentrated disadvantage, residential instability and immigrant concentration are used to examine the distribution of residential locations for registered sex offenders. Results show that higher concentrations of sex offenders are found in communities with more concentrated economic disadvantage, more residential instability and higher rates of robbery and child sexual abuse. Implications of these findings for public policy are discussed.

This article was published in American Journal of Criminal Justice and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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