The registration causes complications for the lives of those convicted of these crimes subjected to registering in the state they reside in, and finding jobs or housing may become exceedingly difficult. These individuals are usually singled out for harassment and in some instances physical abuse.
When law enforcement agents have the same views as the community in shunning, harassing or harming these convicted registrants, their lives are no longer private or filled with daily norms. Reintegration into society is not usually an option for those registered in states with these requirements. Communities often band together to restrict what convicted sex offenders are able to do. The convictions themselves cause many jobs to be limited for employment. Many housing options are removed due to the registration and conviction of crimes.
Sex Offender Registration Consequences
Evidence supporting the prevention of additional sex offender crimes has not supported the use of registration as a deterrent. Though the idea may have been implemented through good intentions, the use of registration may cause worse issues than it is supposed to fix. Many law enforcement agents spend more time finding convicted offenders who have not registered or are not in compliance with registration processes than in investigating sex crimes actually committed by these individuals.
However, offenders that have registered and are in compliance may still commit secondary or additional sexual offenses. While registration causes severe complications in a community, with a job and housing, it does not prevent a crime from occurring. Limitations of sex offender registration do not restrict individuals from social interactions with others. Contact or proximity to places that children reside may be limited, but some offenders are able to work around this. Additional crimes with sex offenses may transpire to quell the unnatural craving some of these individuals possess. These may include kidnapping, assault, battery and other related crimes.
Additional laws have been implemented to restrict the rights of those that have registered in an unfair manner. This may limit proximity to and distance from schools, churches, parks and other such places where any child may reside or congregate. This forces registered individuals to move to more rural areas or to live on or in properties that are state-owned or correctional facility properties. In some instances, these laws may cause the homelessness of various registrants. In some states, this may force someone to no longer have the ability to return home due to the closeness of potential or previous victims.
Punishment that Continues
Because of how registration affects many convicted individuals, after a prison term has been completed, these registrations seem to cause further and continued punishment. Some states have additional clauses or laws required by registrants such as New York. In this state, there is a civil commitment statute. This may be used to place convicted sex offenders in a treatment facility for additional and further rehabilitation. This may be required even if the offender is not in prison any longer.
Confinement in these buildings may be indefinite, until a determination of recovery has been examined or some other set date is outlined by facility officials. After expulsion from these places, compliance to all sex offender registration guidelines must be adhered to.