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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241713     Find in a Library
  Title: Legislation Targeting Sex Offenders: Are Recent Policies Effective in Reducing Rape?
  Document URL: HTML 
  Author(s): Alissa R. Ackerman ; Meghan Sacks ; David F. Greenberg
  Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:29  Issue:6  Dated:December 2012  Pages:858 to 887
  Date Published: 12/2012
  Page Count: 30
  Annotation: This study examined whether the adoption of new restrictions on convicted sex offenders had an effect on the incidence of rape.
  Abstract: In recent years, several pieces of State and Federal legislation have imposed new restrictions on convicted sex offenders, including registration with law enforcement agencies, community notification provisions, and sexually violent predator designations permitting civil commitment following a prison sentence. This paper uses panel data for the American States for the years 1970–2002 to assess the impact of these policies on the rate at which rapes occur. This research finds no evidence that the current policies reduce the incidence of rape. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
  Main Term(s): Sex offenders
  Index Term(s): Rape ; Violent offenders ; Legislation ; Victim Services Notification ; Rape law reform ; Sex Offender Registration/Registries
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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