The Sex Offender Registry Persuasive Essay

The Sex Offender Registry
A look at the issues surrounding sex offenders, including current definitions of and rights of sex offenders', laws pertaining to sex offender registries and notification and recidivism.
# 119508 | 1,909 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on May 05, 2010 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , Sociology (General)

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This paper argues that community notification of the presence of sex offenders is discriminatory and unequal. Some of the points the paper emphasizes are that sex offender registries prevent sex offenders from reintegrating back into society, and also do not protect the community or help offenders fix their problems. The paper also suggests the only way to prevent sex crimes and to contribute to the rehabilitation of these citizens is to support research on treatments, and not just containment.

From the Paper:

"Over the years, society has created laws and regulations to protect itself from predators. Sex offender registries are an illustration of just that. Some argue that registries are a good way to protect the community and solve problems with reintegration. For example, many think the registry protects people from predators, because people know where the predators are. While on the other hand, some people believe that community notification has little if any impact on the likelihood that a convicted sex criminal will strike again. They believe it even hinders their ability to reintegrate back into society, without the chance of a relapse. Although sex offender registries are meant to help keep predators away and help offenders reintegrate back into society, they are unlawful and promote discrimination. We should provide sex offenders with more appropriate resources, such as better treatments, so they can successfully reintegrate back into society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berlin, Dr.Fred. Weighing the rights of convicted sex offenders. NPR. 29 June 2006. <>
  • Brown, Edmund G. "Sex Offender Registration and Exclusion Information." 2008. Office of the Attorney General State of California Department of justice. 5 November 2008 <>.
  • Brown, Sarah. Treating Sex Offenders: An Introduction to Sex Offender Treatment Programmes. Willan Publishing, 2005.
  • Cothran, Helen. Sexual Violence: Opposing Viewpoints. Greenhaven Press, 2003.
  • Kelley, James F. Hodgson and Debra S. Sexual Violence:Policies, Practices, and Challenges in the United States and Canada. Criminal Justice Press, 2004.

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

The Sex Offender Registry (2010, May 05) Retrieved July 17, 2019, from

MLA Format

"The Sex Offender Registry" 05 May 2010. Web. 17 July. 2019. <>