Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Exploring Public Awareness and Attitudes about Sex Offender Management: Findings from a National Public Opinion Poll (08/2010)

Original Article

Managing sex offenders effectively is among the key public policy interests and priorities among lawmakers and the constituents they represent.1 State and national lawmaking bodies throughout the country have enacted large numbers of sex offender-specific laws in a relatively short period of time, primarily to increase mandatory prison sentences, provide for closer tracking and monitoring, and increase restrictions and sanctions.2 However, evidence regarding the impact and effectiveness of many of these laws and policies is limited. Furthermore, while these laws presumably reflect public demand and interests, relatively little is known about the public’s awareness and attitudes about these policies.

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