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Public Perceptions About Sex Offenders and Community Protection Policies
Sex offenders and sex crimes provoke a great deal of anxiety in our society, and over the past decade, lawmakers have passed a variety of social policies designed to protect the public from sexual…
The Effect of Megan’s Law on Sex Offender Reintegration
The purpose of this study is to better understand the positive and negative, intended and unintended, consequences of community notification on sex offenders’ rehabilitation and reintegration. A…
The Impact of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions: 1,000 Feet From Danger or One Step From Absurd?
The impact of residence restrictions on sex offender reintegration is described to better understand sex offenders' perceptions of these laws and it is reported that such restrictions may inadvertently increase triggers for reoffense.
Collateral consequences of sex offender residence restrictions
- J. Levenson
- Law, Psychology
- 1 June 2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate the unintended consequences of policies that restrict where sex offenders can live. In Broward County, FL, 109 sex offenders were surveyed regarding the…
Megan's Law and its impact on community re-entry for sex offenders.
Recommendations are made for community notification policies that rely on empirically derived risk assessment classification systems in order to better inform the public about sex offenders' danger while minimizing the obstacles that interfere with successful community reintegration.
Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders
The purpose of this study was to better understand the impact of sex offender registration and notification laws on the family members of registered sex offenders (RSO). An online survey was utilized…
Reliability of Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Criteria in Florida
- J. Levenson
- PsychologyLaw and human behavior
- 1 August 2004
The reliability of Sexually Violent Predator civil commitment criteria under Florida's Jimmy Ryce Act was investigated and 8 DSM-IV diagnoses applied by evaluators to determine whether a client has a “mental abnormality that predisposes him to sexual violence” was found to be poor.
The Impact of Specialized Sex Offender Legislation on Community Reentry
Findings suggest that such policies might hamper offenders' efforts toward community reintegration, which ultimately could serve to inflate rates of recidivism.
Sex Offender Residence Restrictions: Unintended Consequences and Community Reentry
Many states and hundreds of local municipalities have passed zoning laws prohibiting sex offenders from living within close proximity to schools, parks, playgrounds, day care centers, and other…
Sexual Predator Civil Commitment: A Comparison of Selected and Released Offenders
- J. Levenson
- Law, PsychologyInternational journal of offender therapy and…
- 1 December 2004
It is suggested that evaluators are correctly selecting for civil commitment those sex offenders who have a mental abnormality predisposing them to sexual violence and who are at higher risk for reoffense.