Policy-makers’ perceptions on their sex offender laws: the good, the bad, and the ugly

  title={Policy-makers’ perceptions on their sex offender laws: the good, the bad, and the ugly},
  author={Michelle L. Meloy and Kristin Curtis and Jessica Boatwright},
  journal={Criminal Justice Studies},
  pages={273 - 288}
The views and attitudes that lawmakers have about sexual offenders and sexual victimization can be influential in criminal lawmaking. And given the popularity of sex offender laws, policy-makers are central players in how state justice systems respond to sex crimes. Therefore, state-level policy-makers from across the country, who sponsored and passed at least one sex offender law in their state, (n = 61) were interviewed about sex offenders and sex crimes. Policy-makers believe sex offender… 

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