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NCJ Number: 156398 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Psychopathy Laws
Journal: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:381-392
Author(s): D Grubin; R Prentky
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The basis of sexual psychopathy legislation in the United States is that some offenders need to be dealt with differently from others because of their sexual dangerousness.
Abstract: These offenders are sent to hospitals or prisons where they receive treatment while detained over an indefinite period. Although sexual psychopathy laws have existed for more than 50 years, their effects are only recently being evaluated in a few States. Enactment, amendment, and repeal of such laws have occurred in the absence of empirical support, and clinical issues have become subsumed in legal debate. Institutions to which sexual psychopaths are sent, whether hospitals or prisons, invariably get caught in the legal crossfire. The authors examine some of the issues surrounding sexual psychopathy laws that focus on sexual psychopathy as a diagnostic entity and ethical considerations. They conclude that costs of sexual aggression need to be calculated beyond the simplistic economics of imprisonment versus treatment. 25 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Courts; Dangerousness; Inmate treatment; Psychopaths; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; State laws
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