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|ONCE FALLEN JOB & WELFARE SURVEY 2016
Derek W. Logue
A total of 307 registered citizens completed this online Job & Welfare Survey between October 2015 and February 2016. The intent
of the survey was primarily to study the impact of sex offender laws on the employability of registered citizens with the secondary
goal of obtaining accurate job and public assistance information to better advise registered persons on the kinds of jobs available to
them. Below is a summary of the key findings of this survey:
This research paper confirms a number of beliefs that registered citizens suspected all along—registered citizens are more likely to
suffer financial hardships through increased unemployment, job discrimination, and reliance on public assistance. This study also
confirms that both the Adam Walsh Act and the practice of adding employment information to the public registry have adverse
effects on the employability of registered citizens. The Adam Walsh Act had by far the most adverse effects on registrants, making
registrants less financially independent and more likely to become welfare dependent and insecure in housing. Of significant
importance is while Registered Citizens are less likely to land a “good” job, the possibility of upward mobility still exists (albeit at a far
lower level than the average citizen). However, the types of jobs most registered citizens have been able to achieve are typically
associated with low wages, high stress, and lack of upward mobility. Registrants tend to endure a fair amount of job insecurity and
the time it takes for a registered citizen to acquire a job greatly exceeds the time it takes for the average American to find gainful
Click the link at the top of the page to download the full report.
Top 10 Job Types for Registered Citizens
These are the top 10 job types for registered citizens, according to the survey:
1. Unskilled Manual Labor (Day labor, janitorial, basic labor), 88 (18.03%)
2. Skilled Labor/ Trades (plumbing, home repairs, mechanics, maintenance), 70 (14.34%)
3. Retail/ Sales jobs (realtors, cashiers, grocery clerks, telemarketing), 50 (10.25%)
4. Manufacturing (assembly fine, factory work, warehousing), 50 (10.25%)
5. Restaurant Jobs (cook, server), 40 (8.2%)
6. Internet and Tech jobs (IT, computer repairs, web design), 32 (6.56%)
7. Construction, 30 (6.15%)
8. Customer Service (call/ help centers, store agents), 24 (4.92%)
9. Administration/ Clerical/ Office Jobs, 21 (4.3%)
10. Transportation jobs (bus driver, deliveries, truck drivers), 19 (3.89%)
The categories in this survey least represented by registered citizens are as follows:
• Communication jobs (cable, TV, phone techs), 3 (0.61%)
• Scientific field (biotech, botany, zoology, etc), 2 (0.41%)
• Security/ Loss Prevention (home/ business private security, quality control), 2 (0.41%)
• Education/ Teaching jobs, 1 (0.2%)
• Insurance, 0 (0%)
The bad news for registered citizens looking for employment is that a fair amount of the top 10 jobs for registered citizens, according
to the survey, or the types of jobs that are generally associated with low pay, lack of upward mobility, and high stress. However,
being a registered citizen does not necessarily preclude you from getting a decent job.
What this survey means for registered citizens looking for a job
The information obtained from the survey is useful in many ways for advising registered citizens during the job search. First and
foremost, this survey pointed out the types of jobs that registered citizens were most likely to obtain. Second, the results of this
survey found that registered citizens were more likely to become “contingent workers” (i.e., self-employed, seasonal, or migrant
workers) or work for a small business and less likely to work for a corporation or franchise. This means that a registered citizen has
a higher employment success rate if he goes into business for himself or works in a locally owned business then if he tries to get a
job at Walmart or McDonald’s. (I know from personal experience that Target stores will not hire registered citizens, per corporate
policy; they even send letters to prospective employees about this policy.) If you are looking into self-employment, please note that
registered citizens are also banned from obtaining small business loans from the federal government as a result of the Small Business
Act of 2010.
It should come as no surprise that if you are a registered citizen, you can expect to remain unemployed for longer periods of time and
possibly contact more prospective employers before obtaining gainful employment than the average American. Sadly, you can also
expect a higher probability of facing job discrimination or on-the-job harassment than the average American. You are also more likely
to lose your job than the average American. Registered citizens are also less likely to have a full-time job than the average American.
The survey also suggests that individuals living in an urban environment are more likely to find a job. If you live in a state that has
adopted the federal Adam Walsh Act, live in a state that lists employer information publicly, or if you live in a state with a tier system
you have been placed on the higher tiers, then you will have far more difficulty in obtaining employment than registered citizens that
do not fall into these categories. Nothing in this research suggests that joining the ranks of registered citizen activist groups have any
impact on your prospects of finding a job or a place to live.
[NOTE: This was not discussed in my job survey, but it is important to note that Registrants should use discretion when choosing a
job. If you choose a job where children may be potential customers, even if you are not working the job yourself, it may cause public
With this survey means for registered citizens unable to find work
The good news is registered citizens are able to obtain most forms of public assistance, with the most obvious exception being
section 8 federal housing. Registered citizens are more likely than the average American to suffer homelessness and to become reliant
on public assistance. According to the survey, about one in 10 registered citizens collect some form of Social Security, while one in
four collect food stamps. There are also many other forms of public assistance, including food, clothing, rental, and utility assistance
from nongovernmental public charities. A little over one in four registrants rely on family or friends for assistance as well.
What this survey means for family members of registered citizens
If you are a loved one of a registered citizen, your family is adversely impacted by the registry. Chances are, you are more likely to
live in poverty, the forced to live separate from your loved one, and rely on public assistance than the average American. About one
in three registrants are married, and half of the registrants responding to the survey have children.
If there were 850,000 registered citizens in this country (the December 2015 estimate by the NCMEC), and taking into account at
least the third of registrants being married and half having at least one child, then at least 1.5 million Americans are negatively
impacted by the sex offender registry.
What this survey means for society
Until now, few lawmakers have considered the potential negative impact of the sex offender registry on the employability and
housing stability of registered citizens. This survey shows that registered citizens are more likely to be unemployed and thus reliant
on government welfare programs for assistance. Using my conservative estimate, a minimum of 1.5 million Americans are directly
negatively impacted by the sex offender registry. If roughly a fourth of the 850,000 registered citizens (not counting families) relies
on food stamps, then the yearly cost estimate (based on the 2014 average of $125 per person according to KFF.org), then the
registry costs the food stamp program $318.75 million. Since Food Stamp recipients generally qualify for Medicaid, using KFFF.org’
s 2011 estimate of $5790 per person, then the costs of the registry to Medicaid is $1.23 BILLION dollars.
The federal Adam Walsh Act, publishing employer info on public registries, and classifying individuals as “predators” or in high tiers
increases unemployment and welfare dependence.