State registration of sex offenders: Public notification, web mapping, and spatial issues

Mark R. Leipnik, Xinyue Ye

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Abstract

State governments in the United States register sex offenders and provide to the public notification of the location, identifying information and criminal history of these registered sex offenders (RSOs). Four fifths of US states use web maps to achieve this goal. The design, content, and maintenance of these RSO web maps vary greatly. This chapter examines the history of registration of sex offenders, similarities and differences among RSO web maps and spatial issues related to them, as well as the use and misuse of these web maps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationForensic GIS
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of Geospatial Technologies for Investigating Crime and Providing Evidence
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages105-134
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789401787574
ISBN (Print)9789401787567
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Geographic information system (GIS)
  • Public notification
  • Registered sex offender (RSO )
  • Spatial issues
  • Web map

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