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Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions / Edition 2
     

Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions / Edition 2

by Richard G. Wright
 

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ISBN-10: 0826196713

ISBN-13: 9780826196712

Pub. Date: 07/28/2014

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Praise for the First Edition:

Sex Offender Laws . . . is a good source for [a] balanced, objective, and thorough critique of our current sex offender policies as well as a source for accurate information about a very heterogeneous population. . . . The message that sexual abuse is often a multifaceted and complex issue and that policy based on quick

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Praise for the First Edition:

Sex Offender Laws . . . is a good source for [a] balanced, objective, and thorough critique of our current sex offender policies as well as a source for accurate information about a very heterogeneous population. . . . The message that sexual abuse is often a multifaceted and complex issue and that policy based on quick fixes or knee jerk reactions does not often work will be informative and enlightening to many readers.

óSex Roles

[T]his fine book by Richard Wright and his distinguished collaborators provides the evidence that wise policy makers would want to consider. It covers every major field of research concerning sex offenders and sexual offenses and provides evidence of bad practices and policies. Intellectually honest politicians should read this book."

óMichael Tonry, LLB, Professor of Law and Public Policy,
University of Minnesota Law School (from the Foreword)

The most comprehensive book available about sex offender policies and their efficacy, Sex Offender Laws has been widely embraced as a text for courses in criminal justice, social work, and psychology. Now updated to keep pace with rapidly changing laws and policies, this second edition features an increased emphasis on policy and program alternatives. It incorporates new content on high-profile issues affecting adolescent sex offenders, critical analyses of the results of recent studies on sex offender policies, effective approaches in preventing recidivism, and cutting-edge research in the fields of criminal justice, law, forensic psychology, and social work. The second edition continues to document and assess the full gamut of laws designed to respond to and prevent sexual violence.

The majority of sex offender policiesóoften developed as "quick fixes" in response to high-profile casesóare not based on empirical evidence, nor have they demonstrated any significant reduction in offender recidivism. This new edition showcases alternative models that offer innovative and victim-centered approaches to combating sexual violence. Expert authors explore critical, controversial topics such as sexting, Internet sexual solicitation, the death penalty, mandatory sentencing, statutory rape, age of consent laws, and community responses. The book examines the political "untouchability" of sex offender laws and their adverse effects; despite their popularity, sex offender laws have largely failed to keep people safe and actually promote an inaccurate sense of vulnerability. The text also analyzes the role of the media and presents a new chapter on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs. Expert contributors include Karen Terry, author of Sexual Offenses and Offenders, and others who bring a wealth of insight to the field of sex offense.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Emphasizes policy and program alternatives to currently ineffective policies
  • Provides new content on the criminalization of adolescent sexuality
  • Analyzes the role of the media in sex offense and sex offense policies
  • Critically discusses state implementation of the 2006 Adam Walsh Act
  • Introduces new policy alternatives including environmental criminology and its use toward sexual violence prevention and the increasing use of civil litigation in sexual assault cases
  • Examines the political "untouchability" of sex offender laws and their adverse affects and unintended consequences

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826196712
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/28/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,281,492
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Contributors viii

Foreword ix

Part I Overview

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Failure of Sex Offender Policies Richard G. Wright 1

Chapter 2 The Problem of Sexual Assault Francis M. Williams 17

Chapter 3 A Brief History of Major Sex Offender Laws Karen J. Terry Alissa R. Ackerman 65

Chapter 4 The Politics of Sex Offender Policies: An Interview with Patricia Wetterling Patricia Wetterling Richard G. Wright 99

Part II Sex Offender Policies

Chapter 5 Internet Sex Stings Richard G. Wright 115

Chapter 6 Sex Offenders, Mandatory HIV Testing, and Intentional Transmission Cheryl Radeloff Erica Carnes 159

Chapter 7 Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Lisa L. Sample Mary K. Evans 211

Chapter 8 GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders Michelle L. Meloy Shareda Coleman 243

Chapter 9 Sex Offender Residence Restrictions Jill Levenson 267

Chapter 10 Chemical and Surgical Castration Charles Scott Elena del Busto 291

Chapter 11 The Civil Commitment of Sexual Predators: A Policy Review Andrew J. Harris 339

Chapter 12 The Death Penalty Corey Rayburn Yung 373

Part III Policy Alternatives

Chapter 13 Leaders in Sex Offender Research and Policy Alissa R. Ackerman Karen J. Terry 397

Chapter 14 The Containment Approach to Managing Sex Offenders Kim English 427

Chapter 15 Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice Jo-Ann Della Giustina 449

Chapter 16 The Impact of Sex Offender Policies on Victims Rachel Kate Bandy 471

Index 509

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