Date Presented

Spring 4-5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Kim McCabe


In the United States, it is required that all States abide by federal legislation in terms of the Sex Offender Registry. Specifically, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is an individual's responsibility to register if they have been convicted of a sex crime. However, not all individuals comply with this registry. This study involved the use of secondary data taken directly from Virginia's Sex Offender Registry in a retrospective design. The researcher selected three zip codes within Central Virginia and utilized the Sex Offender Registry with over 150 convicted offenders to determine general case characteristics of those offenders who failed to register and those offenders who complied with the legal requirement. Results indicated that the majority of offenders who failed to register were convicted of violent sex crimes.