This book provides a comprehensive dissemination of theoretically grounded and empirically sound research on sex offenders and sex offending. It uses diverse methodological approaches with implications for the research of criminal justice policy and practice. The chapters derive from and focus on different geographical contexts and generate empirical evidence concerning sex offenders and sex offending including: low sex recidivism rates; a lack of sex offender specialization; little to no evidence of sex offending continuity from adolescence to adulthood; and a host of collateral consequences of sex offender registration and notification policies with limited deterrent effect or public safety benefit.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Crime & Justice.
1. Introduction Wesley G. Jennings 2. Taking stock of 20 years of sex offender laws and research: an examination of whether sex offender legislation has helped or hindered our efforts Laura M. Ragusa-Salerno and Kristen M. Zgoba 3. A comparative longitudinal analysis of recidivism trajectories and collateral consequences for sex and non-sex offenders released since the implementation of sex offender registration and community notification Wesley G. Jennings, Kristen M. Zgoba and Richard Tewksbury 4. Sex offenders and criminal recidivism: an exploratory trajectory analysis using a Virginia sample Tina L. Freiburger, Catherine D. Marcum, Brian M. Iannacchione and George E. Higgins 5. Criminal achievement, criminal career initiation, and detection avoidance: the onset of successful sex offending Patrick Lussier and Jeff Mathesius 6. Interactions between disinhibitors in sexual crimes: additive or counteracting effects? Tom Mieczkowski and Eric Beauregard 7. Sex offenders and sex offending in the Cambridge study in delinquent development: prevalence, frequency, specialization, recidivism, and (dis)continuity over the life-course Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington, Wesley G. Jennings, Brie Diamond and Jessica Craig 8. Evaluating the continuity between juvenile and adult sex offending: a review of the literature Jennifer M. Reingle 9. Treatment behind bars: the effectiveness of prison-based therapy for sex offenders Deanna M. Pérez and Wesley G. Jennings 10. Female sex offenders’ anticipations for re-entry: Do they really know what they’re in for? Richard Tewksbury, David P. Connor, Kelly Cheeseman and Beth Lynne Rivera 11. How many sex offenders really live among us? Adjusted counts and population rates in five US states Alissa R. Ackerman, Jill S. Levenson and Andrew J. Harris