"Convicted sexually violent predators are more vilified, more subject to media misrepresentation, and more likely to be denied basic human rights than any other population. [This book's authors} question the intentions of sex offender laws, offering new approaches to this most complex (and controversial) area of law and social policy. The authors assert that sex offender laws and policies are unconstitutional and counter-productive. The legislation largely fails to add to public safety - even ruining lives for what are, in some cases, trivial infractions. [The book] draws on law, behavioral sciences, and other disciplines to show that many of the "solutions" to penalizing sexually violent predators are "wrong," as they create the most repressive and useless laws. In addition to tracing the history of sex offender laws, the authors address the case of Jesse Timmendequas, whose crime begat "Megan's Law;" the media's role in creating a "moral panic;" recidivism statistics and treatments, as well as international human rights laws. Ultimately, they call attention to the flaws in the system so we can find solutions that contribute to public safety in ways that do not mock Constitutional principles."--Publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-302) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The key factors History of sex offender laws Confounders At Trial Treatment of sex offenders in special facilities International perspectives Therapeutic jurisprudence and conclusion.
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Available in Other Form
Online version: Perlin, Michael L., 1946- Shaming the Constitution. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2017.