August 2011 archive

Studies question effectiveness of sex offender laws

Why would public notification encourage sex offenders to re-offend? Perhaps because they have little else to lose. In particular, notification can make the threat of prison less effective. According to Prescott and Rockoff, their findings suggest that “convicted sex offenders become more likely to commit crimes when their information is made public because the associated …

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Sex Offenders: The Last Pariahs

“No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so.” Roger N. Lancaster is a professor of anthropology and director of the cultural studies program at George Mason University, and …

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