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An evaluation of the impact of Australia's first community notification scheme

Whitting, Laura, Day, Andrew and Powell, Martine 2016, An evaluation of the impact of Australia's first community notification scheme, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1247606.

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Title An evaluation of the impact of Australia's first community notification scheme
Author(s) Whitting, Laura
Day, Andrew
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) community disclosure
community notification
Daniel’s Law
Megan’s Law
public disclosure
public notification
sex offender register
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Criminology & Penology
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Government & Law
Daniel's Law
Megan's Law
Summary In 2012, one Australian state became the first jurisdiction in Australasia to introduce a scheme that allows information about registered sex offenders to be released to the public. This study seeks to better understand the impact of the scheme from the perspective of the police. An analysis of interviews with police officers responsible for the administration of the scheme is supplemented with an analysis of official data relevant to its implementation. The results provide little evidence that the concerns voiced by the police about the introduction of community notification have been realised. There is no consistent view that it has significantly increased the workload of the police responsible for its management, impacted adversely on offenders’ psychological well-being, led to vigilantism or resulted in offenders’ non-compliance with reporting obligations. The findings of this study may usefully inform the development of policy and practice in places that are considering introducing similar policies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2016.1247606
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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