Revisiting Alaska's Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Statute

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Show simple item record Periman, Deborah 2016-11-10T20:10:23Z 2016-11-10T20:10:23Z 2009-03
dc.identifier.citation Periman, Deborah. (2009). "Revisiting Alaska's Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Statute." Alaska Justice Forum Reprints 10 (Mar 2009). en_US
dc.description Originally published in the Alaska Justice Forum 25(1–2): 2–5 (Spring/Summer 2008) en_US
dc.description.abstract This article examines the background and judicial interpretation of Alaska's sex offender registration and public notification statute, the new federal requirements for state sex offender registries and public notice under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, and weaknesses in both Alaska's existing system and the enhanced requirements of the new federal legislation. These weaknesses include: * Absence of incentives for offenders to seek therapy or treatment; * Failure to provide for individualized risk assessment that would differentiate between those offenders who pose a negligible or very low risk of re-offending from those who pose a continuing public risk — a failure that causes unwarranted marginalization of low risk offenders and diminishes the overall effectiveness of the public notification system; * Public notice provisions so broad as to substantially impede offenders' reintegration into their families, their community, and the workforce, and potentially chilling family reporting; * Internet posting requirements associated with severe stigmatization and public harassment, and concomitant emotional destabilization and isolation of offenders — factors that may actually increase the risk of recidivism and community harm. * Because the Walsh Act conditions state receipt of Byrne Grant funds on compliance with its enhanced registration and notice requirements, there is little Alaska can do to remedy the above weaknesses and still remain eligible for Byrne funds. However, the article concludes with a recommendation for limited changes to our statute that would minimize, to the extent possible, its adverse effect on offenders' ability to find employment; omit the lowest risk offenders from internet posting requirements; and provide those incentives for treatment permissible under the Walsh Act. en_US
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dc.publisher University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center en_US
dc.source Alaska Justice Forum Reprints en_US
dc.subject Alaska Statutes en_US
dc.subject sex offender registries en_US
dc.subject sex offenders en_US
dc.title Revisiting Alaska's Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Statute en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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