The United States is about to reach a historic milestone. There are currently an estimated 900,000 men, women and children on the sex offender registry in the US. At the core of these numbers are three prominent and complex pieces of federal and state legislation. They serve as the foundation to tens of thousands of Federal, state and local policies enacted to manage and control convicted sex offenders and keep communities safe. Applying a lens of social constructionism, this historical analysis investigates complex interactions between social, political and juridical systems. Findings reveal that the justifications for harsh sex offender laws were shaped by stigmatization, misinformation and false narratives rather than scientific evidence available at the time of the enactment of these policies. Public service campaigns and research-based education informing the public about the complex issue of sexual offenses will have the greatest impact in decreases in the rate of sexual abuse and increasing the welfare of society.
|Commitee:||Ranney, Molly, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Law, American history|
|Keywords:||History, Law, Registry, Sex offenders, Social work|
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