Expensive, harmful policies that don't work or how juvenile sexual offending is addressed in the U.S.

  title={Expensive, harmful policies that don't work or how juvenile sexual offending is addressed in the U.S.},
  author={Elizabeth J Letourneau and Michael F. Caldwell},
  journal={The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy},
  • E. Letourneau, M. Caldwell
  • Published 22 September 2013
  • Law
  • The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy
In this policy paper we briefly review the historical predecessors of modern sex crime legislation. We then review modern policies, focusing on those that have been applied to youth who have sexually offended and for which there is at least some empirical evaluation. These include sex offender civil commitment, registration and public notification. None of the existing research validates the use of these strategies with juveniles and indeed there is growing evidence of harm. As such, we… 
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