Revisiting Alaska's Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Statute
Group: University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center
This article provides a look at the parameters of Alaska's sex offender registration statutes. In Alaska and throughout the country sex offender registration requirements have become more inclusive: almost all convicted sex offenders now must register for very extended periods; the registry is available over the Internet; and more details on the current status of the offender are available to the public. The intent of the registries is to protect the public from convicted offenders, but it can be argued that the increasingly stringent demands placed on offenders may, in fact, be counter-productive. The severity of the registration requirements may prohibit the rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration into the community, and the increasing burden on law enforcement to monitor and maintain very broad registries may prevent police from focusing on the more serious sexual predators.
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