Date of Submission

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

Advisor

Kevin Barnes-Ceeney

Committee Member

Lorenzo Boyd

Committee Member

Anne M. Mahar

LCSH

Sex offenders, Sex offenders--Rehabilitation--United States, Mental health services, Crime analysis

Abstract

Research shows that the clustering of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) is connected to social disorganization. Residential patterns disrupt the reintegration of the RSO population. Utilizing data from Queens and the Bronx, NYC, this study examines RSO clustering in the two boroughs and explores the proximity of community resources to RSO addresses that may assist reintegration. Using data from the New York Megan’s Law and census data for Queens and Bronx Counties, maps were created to study the residential patterns of RSOs. The results show clustering of RSOs in areas with variables pertaining to high social disorganization and a lack of access to resources. It is concluded that RSOs are clustered in neighborhoods with social disorganization and they often have very limited accesses to support or resources.

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