"The results indicate that the AWA sex offender classification scheme is a poor indicator of relative risk and is likely to result in a system that is less effective in protecting the public," according to the abstract on the research.
READ THE ABSTRACT ON THE NEW RESEARCH
The study conducted by a nationwide panel compares the Adam Walsh Act offense-based "tier" system to older risk-based systems. In 2010, Nebraska moved to the AWA system and threw out risk assessments. As a result, former offenders who had been found to be no- or low-risk ended up on the shaming registry for life and vice versa.
Some takeaways -- the study found:
- overall reoffense rates for former sex offenders are extremely low;
- people in the lower Walsh Act tiers had higher reoffense rates than those in Tier III (lifetime registration).
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