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Sex Offender Courts: Visions of Change  

Author:  Chris Bruell.; Heath  Grant.

Source: Volume 05, Number 06, October/November 2004 , pp.71-73(3)

Sex Offender Law Report

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Since 1990, we have seen a spate of laws enacted regarding sex offenders, from harsher sentences to registration and notification to civil commitment. Despite this fact, the penalties for their offenses never quite satisfy the public, who continue to demand that these “monsters” and “predators” be condemned even further—forever, if possible. That is not possible, however. In fact, despite the rise in more severe sanctions for offenders, it is true that most are serving their sentences in the community at any given time. When sex offenders are serving time in the community, they are often under some form of supervision that is inadequate in achieving its aim—effective supervision. Instead of simply prosecuting these offenders and then imprisoning them, drug courts attempted to address the underlying drug addiction that compelled users to commit theft or sell drugs to support their own habit.


Affiliations:  1: John Jay College of Criminal Justice; 2: John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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