Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy

Justice Perverted Sex Offense Law Psychology and Public Policy Over the past quarter century Congress state legislatures and the courts have radically reshaped America s laws dealing with sex offenders in an effort to reduce the prevalence of sex offenses Most c

  • Title: Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy
  • Author: Charles Patrick Ewing
  • ISBN: 9780199732678
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over the past quarter century Congress, state legislatures and the courts have radically reshaped America s laws dealing with sex offenders in an effort to reduce the prevalence of sex offenses Most convicted sex offenders must now register with the authorities, who then make information about them available to the public Possession of child pornography has been made anOver the past quarter century Congress, state legislatures and the courts have radically reshaped America s laws dealing with sex offenders in an effort to reduce the prevalence of sex offenses Most convicted sex offenders must now register with the authorities, who then make information about them available to the public Possession of child pornography has been made an extremely serious crime often punishable by prison sentences that dwarf those meted out to child molesters, rapists, robbers, and even killers Federal law now imposes a minimum sentence of ten years in prison for those convicted of using the internet to attempt to lure minors for sex And the federal government and 20 states have sexually violent predator laws that allow the indefinite civil commitment of convicted sex offenders to secure institutions for treatment after they have served their full criminal sentences All of these changes in sex offender law, as well as numerous others, have been based at least in part on input from psychology, psychiatry and the social sciences Moreover, enforcement and administration of many of these laws relies to a large extent on the efforts of mental health professionals However, many questions about this involvement remain largely unanswered Are these laws supported by empirical evidence, or even by well reasoned psychological theories Do these laws actually work Are mental health professionals capable of reliably determining an offender s future behavior, and how best to manage it Finally, are experts capable of providing effective treatment for sex offenders i.e treatment that actually reduces the likelihood that an identified sex offender will re offend In Justice Perverted, Charles Patrick Ewing poses these difficult questions and others that few in either law or psychology have asked, much less tried to answer Drawing on research from across the social and behavioral sciences, he weighs the evidence for th

    One thought on “Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy”

    1. This book is an ideological tome against pretty much all sec offender policies. Using fact-stacking, the author seems unaware that the data he uses to prove one point contradicts the data he uses to prove another point.

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