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The contrasting primary source article excerpts on up-to-date issues in these new volumes will help students form their own opinions and gather information for research papers and debates. Violence Against Women looks at whether it is a serious problem in the US, what causes it, whether current approaches to reducing it are effective, and the extent of violence against women worldwide. Capital Punishment considers whether capital punishment is ethical, whether it is administered fairly, and whether it is an effective deterrent to crime. Homosexuality considers the origins of homosexuality, whether people with alternative lifestyles face discrimination, if society should encourage increased acceptance of homosexuality, and if government should sanction gay and lesbian relationships. Online Social Networking asks whether parents should limit teens' use of social networking websites, whether Congress should require schools and libraries to block networking sites, who is using online social networking (including sexual predators, bullies, Christians, and others), and how online social networking is changing society. Developing Nations looks at the problems facing developing nations and how globalization might help them, asks if democracy can succeed in developing nations, and ponders how industrialized nations should aid the developing world. Espionage and Intelligence debates whether the US espionage and intelligence-gathering system has been successful, whether post-9/11 reforms of the US intelligence system will be effective, whether intelligence-gathering activities threaten civil or human rights, and what can be done to improve USintelligence-gathering abilities. Sex Offenders and Public Policy examines whether sex offender policy is based on accurate assumptions, whether treatment is effective, controversies, and how policies can be improved. The authors of the books in the Current Controversies series range from policy makers to attorneys, professors, and journalists, and each is briefly described at the start of the articles. An introduction and chapter prefaces help explain the issues, and there is an annotated list of organizations to contact at the end. The timely topics will help draw students to these useful resources. Age Range: Ages 15 to adult. REVIEWER: Paula Rohrlick (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737737974
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/5/2007
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword     13
Introduction     16
Is Sex Offender Policy Based on Accurate Assumptions?
Chapter Preface     20
Yes: Sex Offender Policy Is Based on Accurate Assumptions
Tougher Laws on Sex Offenders Increase Public Safety   George F. Allen     22
Tough Laws and Vigilant Prosecution Are the Best Defense Against Sexual Predators   Alberto R. Gonzales     28
Child Molestation Has Reached Epidemic Proportions   Dana D. Kelley     39
No: Sex Offender Policy Is Not Based on Accurate Assumptions
Research and Statistics Debunk Common Misconceptions$dAssociation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers     43
Americans Exaggerate Threats Posed by Sexual Predators   Benjamin Radford     54
Clarifying the Facts Can Strengthen Public Policy   Eric Lotke   Herbert J. Hoelter     64
Most Sex Offenders Are Not Murderers   Lisa L. Sample     72
Is Treatment for Sex Offenders Effective?
Chapter Preface     82
Yes: Treatment for Sex Offenders Is Effective
Treating Sex Offenders Makes Sense   Pamela D. Schultz     85
Treatment for Pedophiles Reduces Victimization   Douglas J. Edwards     90
No: Treatment for Sex Offenders Is Not Effective
Treating Sex Offenders Is a Waste of Resources   John Florez     99
Pedophiles Are Criminals, Not Patients   Thomas S. Szasz     102
What Controversies Surround Sex Offender Policy?
Chapter Preface     108
Registries and Community Notification Target the Wrong People   Michelle L. Meloy     110
Iowa's Residency Restrictions Have Proven Unsuccessful$dIowa County Attorneys Association     120
GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders Fails to Protect Children and Promotes Panic   Katharine Mieszkowski     126
Juveniles Engaging in Consensual Oral Sex Should Not Be Punished   Karen Houppert     137
Legislation Must Be Based on Scientific Research   Richard B. Krueger     139
Death Penalty for Sex Offenders Sends the Wrong Message   Debra Saunders     144
Castration Should Be an Option for Sex Offenders   Tamara Dietrich     147
Castration Is Inappropriate and Immoral$dDaily Press, Newport News, Virginia     151
How Can Sex Offender Policies Be Improved?
Chapter Preface     155
Policy Should Emphasize Public Health and Restorative Justice   Eric S. Janus     157
Policy Shift Needed to Protect Children on the Internet   Michelle Collins     166
Reform the Statute of Limitations to Bring Victims Justice   Marci A. Hamilton     173
The National Sex Offender Public Registry Is a Cost-Effective and Powerful Tool   Regina B. Schofield     181
Containment and Surveillance Plus Registries Equals Real Protection   Kim Talman     184
Targeting Offenders' Re-entry into Society and Community Education Are Key   Deborah Donovan Rice     194
Organizations to Contact     204
Bibliography     211
Index     218
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