Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

Sociology, MA

Committee Chair

Schroeder, Ryan D.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Roelfs, Dave

Committee Member

Tewksbury, Richard


Shelters for the homeless--United States; Sex offenders--Housing--United States


The primary focus throughout the literature regarding sex offenders has been on the efficacy and collateral damage of sex offender laws such as Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) and residency restrictions. However, there is a lack in scholarship regarding transient sex offenders. The current research examines homeless shelter’s policies on permitting sex offenders to use their services in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Previous research has found that sex offenders face reoccurring obstacles throughout the reintegration process, which has affected their ability to find suitable housing, employment and social support. The author explored homeless shelters’ policies and whether or not homeless shelters are furthering collateral damage for sex offenders. The findings suggest that homeless shelters sex offender policies do create another collateral consequence for them. Therefore, sex offenders being denied shelter not only keeps them onto the streets, but also creates a public safety issue.

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