Have Sex Offender Laws Worked? Analytical Essay by scribbler

An analysis of the effectiveness of legislation dealing with registered sex offenders.
# 152220 | 3,212 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2013 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (General)

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The paper discusses "Megan's Law," the "Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act" and other legislation dealing with registered sex offenders and considers whether they have proved to be effective in reducing crimes of a violent sexual nature. The paper examines the experiences of therapists who treat sex offenders and the impact of therapy on recidivism and then considers the future of these community notification laws. The paper draws the conclusion that it really boils down to parents keeping a close eye on their children while at the same time understanding that sex offenders have the right to live somewhere.

The History of Laws on Sexual Violence & Effectiveness of these Laws
Impact of Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
Future Outlook

From the Paper:

"The legislation called "Megan's Law" - the publishing of names and addresses of registered sex offenders - was originally signed into law 1994 and has resulted in more public awareness of sex offenders. The fact of having a sex offender's name and address available to citizens hasn't always prevented sex offenders from violent acts, however. In fact earlier this year registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III killed two teenage girls in San Diego County (he pleaded guilty in April) notwithstanding the fact that the community knew his whereabouts and his history (Spagat, et al, 2010).
"The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (VCCLEA) put into place a host of measures, including a requirement that states enact statutes or regulations requiring "sexually violent predators" who have been convicted of sexually violent crimes to register in the communities they are living in. Moreover, the VCCLEA requires prison officials to notify local agencies that a sex offender is to be released. These laws and regulations have certainly created a situation where sex offenders are far more visible to local authorities and citizens."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Costigliacci, Steven J. "Protecting our Children from Sex Offenders: Have We Gone TooFar?" Family Court Review 46.1 (2008): 180-197.
  • Craun, Sarah W., and Theriot, Matthew T. "Misperceptions of Sex Offender Perpetration:Considering the Impact of Sex Offender Registration." Journal of Interpersonal Violence24.12 (2009): 2057-2072.
  • Finn, Peter. "Do Sex Offender Treatment Programs Work?" Judicature 78.5 (1995): 1-2.
  • Lea, Susan, Auburn, Tim, and Kibblewhite, Karen. "Working with Sex Offenders: The Perceptions and Experiences of Professionals and Paraprofessionals." International JournalOf Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 43.1 (1999): 103-119.
  • Levenson, Jill S., D'Amora, David A., and Hern, Andrea L. "Megan's Law and its ImpactOn Community Re-Entry for Sex Offenders." Behavioral Sciences and the Law Vol. 25(2007): 587-602.

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