This wide-ranging anthology offers a variety of perspectives with excerpts from books and current articles from research journals, plus four original contributed articles. Topics covered include the major types of sex crimes and offenders, therapies, juvenile sex offenses, and nuisance sexual offenders. This book is designed as a stand alone or as a supplemental text to Sex Crimes, 2/e. Features of this text include: Cutting-edge articles by top scholars in the field Major units of the reader parallel and enhance the contents of Sex Crimes 2/e 

Strange Bedfellows: Is Sex Offender Notification a Form of Community Justice?

Strange Bedfellows: Is Sex Offender Notification a Form of Community Justice?

Strange bedfellows: Is sex offender notification a form of community justice?
LoisPresser, ElaineGunnison, University of Cincinnati

Sex offender notification, also called community notification, is the law in all but a few American states (Pearson, 1998). The ubiquity of notification laws is matched only by the controversy surrounding them. Their fairness and consequences have been hotly contested in the courts and in the press. Following suit, criminologists have examined notification almost exclusively in terms of fairness and consequences, the latter being a matter of speculation rather than empirical inquiry (Finn, 1997; Freeman-Longo, 1996). Questions about underlying principles have received little scholarly attention.

Sex offender notification is commonly aligned with the contemporary trend toward community justice. Supporters of notification ...

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