The Labeling of Sex Offenders: The Unintended Consequences of the Best Intentioned Public Policies

The Labeling of Sex Offenders: The Unintended Consequences of the Best Intentioned Public Policies

by Sean Maddan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761841237

ISBN-13: 9780761841234

Pub. Date: 08/29/2008

Publisher: UPA

The Labeling of Sex Offenders contributes to the research on the effects of sex offender registration and notification policies using the labeling perspective. The labeling perspective asserts that offenders who are labeled are more likely to re-offend; this is counter to sex offender registration policies, which assume that knowing the identity and whereabouts of

Overview

The Labeling of Sex Offenders contributes to the research on the effects of sex offender registration and notification policies using the labeling perspective. The labeling perspective asserts that offenders who are labeled are more likely to re-offend; this is counter to sex offender registration policies, which assume that knowing the identity and whereabouts of sex offenders is imperative to the public's ability to protect itself. This research used criminal data from the State of Arkansas within the framework of a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the recidivism of the first three waves of sex offenders registered (1997-1999) vs. a comparison group of sex offenders from a decade earlier (1978-1989). Key variables used to explain specific and general recidivism included the application of an active label, prior exposure to formal and informal labels, the intensity of the label, race, sex, and age. The findings presented by Madden indicate that there is no statistically significant difference between the two groups of sex offenders in terms of recidivism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761841234
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
08/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Review of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Research Chapter 3. Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws and the Labeling Perspective Chapter 4. Methodology Chapter 5. Analysis and Findings Chapter 6. Conclusions and Discussion

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