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"This volume of readings provides an excellent source of information about sex offender laws and policies."--International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
"Sex Offender Laws...is a good source for 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 do not often work will be informative and enlightening to many readers." --Sex 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."
--Michael Tonry, LL.B,
Professor of Law and Public Policy
University of Minnesota Law School (From the Foreword)
In response to many high-profile cases of sexual assault, federal and state governments have placed a number of unique criminal sanctions on sex offenders. These include residency restrictions, exclusionary zones, electronic monitoring, and chemical castration. However, the majority of sex offender policies are not based on empirical evidence, nor have they demonstrated any significant reductions in offender recidivism. In fact, some of these policies have unintended consequences, which actually increase the likelihood of sexual offenses.
In this book, Wright critically analyzes existing policies, and assesses the most effective approaches in preventing sex offender recidivism. This provocative and timely book draws from the fields of criminal justice, law, forensic psychology, and social work to examine how current laws and policies are enacted and what to-date is known about their efficacy. The team of expert contributors includes Karen Terry, author of Sexual Offenses and Offenders, and others who bring a wealth of insight to the field of sex offense.
In response to the failed policies of sex offender laws, this book presents alternative models and approaches to sex offense laws and policies. Wright also explores critical, cutting-edge topics, such as internet sexual solicitation, the death penalty, and community responses to sex offense.
Thought-provoking and insightful, Sex Offender Laws serves as a vital resource for policy makers, researchers, and students of criminal justice, law, and social work.
PART I - OVERVIEW
hapter 1 Introduction: The Failure of Sex Offender Policies
Richard G. Wright
Chapter 2 The Problem of Sexual Assault
Francis M. Williams
Chapter 3 A Brief History of Major Sex Offender Laws
Karen J. Terry & Alissa R. Ackerman
Chapter 4 The Politics of Sex Offender Policies: An Interview with Patricia Wetterling
Patricia Wetterling & Richard G. Wright
PART II - SEX OFFENDER POLICIES
Chapter 5 Internet Sex Stings
Richard G. Wright
Chapter 6 Mandatory HIV Testing
Chapter 7 Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification
Lisa L. Sample & Mary K. Evans
Chapter 8 GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders
Michelle L. Meloy & Shareda Coleman
Chapter 9 Sex Offender Residence Restrictions
Chapter 10 Chemical and Surgical Castration
Charles Scott, MD & Elena del Busto
Chapter 11 The Civil Commitment of Sexual Predators: A Policy Review
Andrew J. Harris
Chapter 12 The Death Penalty
Corey Rayburn Yung
PART III - MODELS AND APPROACHES
Chapter 13 Leaders in Sex Offender Research and Policy
Alissa R. Ackerman & Karen J. Terry
Chapter 14 The Containment Approach to Managing Sex Offenders
Chapter 15 Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice
Jo-Ann Della Giustina
Chapter 16 The Impact of Sexual Offender Policies on Victims
Rachel Kate Bandy
Posted November 4, 2009
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R.G. Wright does an excellent job of introducing and providing an overview of sexual offender policies,laws and information regarding prevention of sex offender recidivism. The text explains the beginnings of the laws and how they have affected the general public as well as the sexual offender. It provides thought provoking issues of the results of the laws toward the safety of our children. While this population is often despised and hated, this text discusses why specific policies based on high profile cases are not always the best in the long run. Changing laws and attitudes toward sexual offenders is by no means approval and leniency towards this crime. However, if we do not take care of our own children, families and even the perpetrators correctly post incarceration, we are only causing more potentials for re-offending behavior. This is a social and public problem and until now has been treated in a secondary and tertiary manner. We need to look at sexual offending from a primary prevention modality and to treat offenders with a hope for better choices and support within the community. 90% of sexual offenses are by persons the victim knows. This means family and friends. The offender is not the boogey-man you don't know. He/She is often someone you trust. It is time to look at this problem realistically, putting our hate aside and to do something constructive to prevent more offenses from happening.
This text provides empirical research and references to studies done, opinions regarding castration, residency restrictions, HIV testing and more. If you want to lynch them all up and throw away the key, you may just be locking up your neighbor, your coach, your teacher or even your own family member. Education is still the best American freedom.
Wright also provides some thought provoking insights from Patty Wetterling whose 11 year old son was abducted and never found and the Wetterling Act was the first Federal Policy which created each state to create a registry for offenders convicted of sexual offenses against children in 1994. This text is a good resource for current information and thought provoking insights into this social and public issue. I recommend it highly as it is put together well, organized and easy to follow.
Posted April 24, 2009
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