Every state requires offenders to notify their companies, landlords and next-door next-door neighbors of the status. Some send postcards to every resident within a two-block radius. Others provide mapping apps with pictures and areas for every single offender.
This, too, seems to have no effect on recidivism. In reality, all the available evidence suggests that it generates reoffending much more likely.
“There happen to be enormous obstacles to reintegrating back in society after hanging out in jail,” said Alexis Agathocleous, a civil legal rights attorney whom led a number of challenges to enrollment laws and regulations for the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Sex offender registries cement those barriers.”