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Beyond RecidivismNew Approaches to Research on Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration$
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Andrea Leverentz, Elsa Y. Chen, and Johnna Christian

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479862726

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479862726.001.0001

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“This Individual May or May Not Be on the Megan’s Law Registry”

“This Individual May or May Not Be on the Megan’s Law Registry”

The Sex Offender Label’s Impact on Reentry

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Beyond Recidivism

Jamie J. Fader

Abigail R. Henson

NYU Press

To examine the unique experiences of reentry for those with a sex offender label, this chapter presents an in-depth case study of “Tony,” who pled guilty to statutory sexual assault at age nineteen. It follows his twelve-year path through the system, highlighting its key features, most notably that the state parole agency did not distinguish between registered and non-registered parolees. Tony was effectively labeled a child molester and subject to draconian restrictions upon where he could live and work; who he could associate with; and what technology he could possess. This has led to a cycle of parole revocations and reincarcerations that may have embedded him permanently in the system. His experiences with parole conditions including compulsory treatment, housing, employment, and social support are reviewed. Implications for the overbroad application of sex offender restrictions are discussed.

Keywords:   reentry, parole, sex offense, labeling, housing, employment, social support

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