Jenna Marko

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Burchfield, Keri

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


Employment reduces the risk of recidivism for sex offenders by providing pro-social opportunities, structured schedules, and steady income. However, legislation and stigmatization often prevent sex offenders form obtaining and/or maintaining employment. This is detrimental not only to the reintegration of the sex offender into society, but also to the community itself. The skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sex offender are lost to the stigma of the label while the lack of employment increases the risks associated with recidivism. There are a variety of resources available to sex offenders that may increase the likelihood of obtaining or maintaining employment, such as career workshops and skills training. Employers and community supervisors can play an integral role in presenting suitable employment opportunities by taking individual circumstances of the conviction into consideration. The term "sex offender" allows for no differentiation between severity of crimes and the legal restrictions that pose as barriers to successful reintegration should be reconsidered and assessed on a case by case basis.


Includes bibliographical references.


30 pages




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