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NCJ Number: 230236 Find in a Library
Title: Views of Sexual Abuse Professionals About Sex Offender Notification Policies
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:150-168
Author(s): Jill S. Levenson; Timothy Fortney; Juanita N. Baker
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 19
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis; Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the views of 261 sexual abuse professionals regarding sex crime policies.
Abstract: Few participants believe that community notification is very effective in reducing sex offenses, but about half believe that all sex offenders should be subject to public disclosure. About one quarter of respondents opine that sex offenders should not be allowed to live in their communities, but a majority do not view residential housing restrictions for sex offenders as effective at reducing recidivism. Most believe in the helpfulness of therapeutic intervention. More than half say that they will support sex offender policies even without scientific evidence of their effectiveness. Criminal justice professionals are more likely to approve of these laws compared to mental health professionals. Those with more conservative political leanings also favor more restrictive policies. There are few differences attributable to gender, parenting status, or victimization experiences. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Attitude measurement; Sex Offender Registration; Sex offenders; Sex offenses
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