Protecting Society from Sexually Dangerous Offenders (Law and Public Policy: Psychology and the Social Sciences Series): Law, Justice, and Therapy

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"In Protecting Society From Sexually Dangerous Offenders, legal and mental health experts analyze controversial new legal strategies adopted over the past decades to prevent sexual violence. The increasing number of sex crimes, especially those committed by released sex offenders against young victims, has struck a public nerve. Understandably, citizens are angry, vengeful, and fearful. The intense public demand for retaliation and protection has shaped law and public policy, resulting in the enactment of harsh measures designed to prevent convicted sex offenders from committing more sex crimes." Psychologists and other mental health experts working with sexually dangerous offenders as well as lawyers, policymakers, and students in these fields will find this to be an indispensable book.
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers different legal and clinical strategies in dealing with sexually violent persons. It is written from the perspective of different disciplines such as law, psychiatry, psychology, criminology, and sociology.
Purpose: According to the editors, "the book is essential for any reader interested in understanding the risk posed by sex offenders and in evaluating the novel legal strategies, now being used in the United States and other countries to protect future victims of sex crimes." These are very worthy objectives, and the book meets them.
Audience: According to the editors, the book "is especially useful for policymakers, legislators, mental health professionals, program administrators, attorneys, judges, police, probation officers, and parole officers. Anyone, especially parents interested in how society should protect their children against dangerous sex offenders will also find this book interesting and helpful." The editors and contributors are credible authorities in the subject matter of the book.
Features: The book covers the legality of sexually violent predator laws; a description and psychological profile of sex offenders; treatment for sex offenders; and constitutional issues surrounding sexual predator commitment laws. This book is full of useful information and is very easy to read. It contains the latest research and debunks myths we often have of sexual offenders. It raises as many questions as it answers and challenges the reader to consider difficult alternatives, because there are no easy answers when treating this population.
Assessment: I really like this book. It is extremely practical, easy to read, and provides the latest research. It is must reading for those working in a correctional environment. Given that it is written from many different perspectives and it challenges the reader to consider difficult issues, this is one of the finest books I have read in the last few years.
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers different legal and clinical strategies in dealing with sexually violent persons. It is written from the perspective of different disciplines such as law, psychiatry, psychology, criminology, and sociology.
Purpose: According to the editors, "the book is essential for any reader interested in understanding the risk posed by sex offenders and in evaluating the novel legal strategies, now being used in the United States and other countries to protect future victims of sex crimes." These are very worthy objectives, and the book meets them.
Audience: According to the editors, the book "is especially useful for policymakers, legislators, mental health professionals, program administrators, attorneys, judges, police, probation officers, and parole officers. Anyone, especially parents interested in how society should protect their children against dangerous sex offenders will also find this book interesting and helpful." The editors and contributors are credible authorities in the subject matter of the book.
Features: The book covers the legality of sexually violent predator laws; a description and psychological profile of sex offenders; treatment for sex offenders; and constitutional issues surrounding sexual predator commitment laws. This book is full of useful information and is very easy to read. It contains the latest research and debunks myths we often have of sexual offenders. It raises as many questions as it answers and challenges the reader to consider difficult alternatives, because there are no easy answers when treating this population.
Assessment: I really like this book. It is extremely practical, easy to read, and provides the latest research. It is must reading for those working in a correctional environment. Given that it is written from many different perspectives and it challenges the reader to consider difficult issues, this is one of the finest books I have read in the last few years.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557989734
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Law and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Pt. I Sexually Violent Predator Laws: Problems and Solutions 25
Ch. 1 The New Generation of Sex Offender Commitment Laws: Which States Have Them and How Do They Work? 27
Ch. 2 State Policy Perspectives on Sexual Predator Laws 41
Pt. II Sex Offenders and Dangerousness 61
Ch. 3 Who Is Dangerous and When Are They Safe? Risk Assessment With Sexual Offenders 63
Ch. 4 Evaluating Offenders Under a Sexually Violent Predator Law: The Practical Practice 75
Pt. III Sex Offenders and Treatment 99
Ch. 5 What We Know and Don't Know About Treating Adult Sex Offenders 101
Ch. 6 Treatment and the Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders 119
Ch. 7 In the Wake of Hendricks: The Treatment and Restraint of Sexually Dangerous Offenders Viewed From the Perspective of American Psychiatry 131
Pt. IV The Rationale, Constitutionality, and Morality of Sexual Predator Commitment Laws 147
Ch. 8 Matching Legal Policies With Known Offenders 149
Ch. 9 Bad or Mad?: Sex Offenders and Social Control 165
Ch. 10 "Even a Dog ...": Culpability, Condemnation, and Respect for Persons 183
Ch. 11 Sex Offenders and the Supreme Court: The Significance and Limits of Kansas v. Hendricks 197
Pt. V Alternative Strategies for Protecting the Community 211
Ch. 12 A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Analysis of Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Laws 213
Ch. 13 Investing in the Future of Children: Building Programs for Children or Prisons for Adult Offenders 231
Ch. 14 Chemical Castration of Sex Offenders: Treatment or Punishment? 249
Ch. 15 Community Containment of Sex Offender Risk: A Promising Approach 265
Pt. VI Evaluating the Wisdom of Sexually Violent Predator Laws 281
Ch. 16 The Costs of Enacting a Sexual Predator Law and Recommendations for Keeping Them From Skyrocketing 283
Ch. 17 Managing the Monstrous: Sex Offenders and the New Penology 301
Ch. 18 A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Assessment of Sexually Violent Predator Laws 317
Conclusion 333
Table of Authorities 341
Author Index 345
Subject Index 353
About the Editors 371
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