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NCJ Number: 219275 Find in a Library
Title: Social Policies Designed to Prevent Sexual Violence: The Emperor's New Clothes?
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:June 2007  Pages:168-199
Author(s): Jill S. Levenson; David A. D'Amora
Date Published: June 2007
Page Count: 32
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This literature review analyzes the history of current sexual offender policies, their development, and their implementation.
Abstract: The literature review reveals that the development and implementation of sexual offender policies did not appear to be based on sound scientific evidence of their effectiveness. Indeed, the scant research literature that had evaluated sexual offender policies suggests that the policies do not achieve their stated goals of preventing sex crimes, protecting children, and safeguarding the community. It appears, in fact, that many of the sexual offender policies developed and implemented in recent years have been based largely on myths and misconceptions regarding sexual offenders rather than on facts. The authors make recommendations for more effective legislative measures, such as enlisting the media to inform the public of evidence-based information regarding sexual offenders, requiring the use of evidence-based risk assessment measures to identify high-risk offenders, and effective resource planning that reserves the most restrictions and interventions for the most dangerous offenders. The literature review and analysis focus on the effectiveness of the most common sexual offender restrictions, including community notification, residence restrictions, civil commitment, and electronic monitoring. Future research should focus on the unintended consequences of community protection policies on sexual offenders, their victims, and society. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Legislation; Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Literature reviews; Regulations; Sex Offender Registration; Violence prevention
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