A False Sense of Security: Moral Panic Driven Sex Offender Legislation

  title={A False Sense of Security: Moral Panic Driven Sex Offender Legislation},
  author={Mary H. Maguire and Jennie Kaufman Singer},
  journal={Critical Criminology},
Data collected from correctional files of sex offenders managed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were analyzed to explore the degree to which sex offender behavior meets the assumptions of the legislation intended to regulate their behavior. The study asked where offenders commit their sex crimes and the likelihood of choosing a known vs. a stranger victim. The concept of moral panic is used as a framework to discuss possible motivations for current sex offender… 

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