Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Pleggenkuhle, Breanne


Previous research has indicated that employment and housing are two major components for successful reentry. However, little information is known about the challenges that certain justice involved populations face during reentry. This research study asks the questions (1) What are the experiences of registered sex offenders during reentry? and (2) Do these experiences differ by race? Using secondary data from a previous research project, this study conducts a qualitative analysis using interviews from registered sex offenders. Findings indicate that registered sex offenders experience offense specific challenges and barriers that hinder their reintegration process. Additional findings indicate that while racial disparities are present in employment outcomes, it is the registry status itself that impacts housing experiences and outcomes.




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