Within the past decade, an increasing number of states have implemented sex offender registration laws. These laws require sex offenders to register where they live so the state can track and monitor their activities.

Within the past decade, an increasing number of states have implemented sex offender registration laws. These laws require sex offenders to register where they live so the state can track and monitor their activities.

In conjunction with these laws, most states have databases on the Internet allowing residents to search for sex offenders who live in their same neighborhood or city. Additionally, some states have mobile applications available allowing users to search for sex offenders based on the user’s GPS location.
While a significant increase in the surveillance of sex offenders is clear, the effectiveness of these systems at preventing sexually violent offenses is debated. Some people have argued that, even if they are effective, they are unethical because they infringe upon the basic human rights and liberties of the convicted sex offender. This debate is unlikely to be resolved soon and is an important one to consider when deciding whether sex offender registries are instruments that should be used when dealing with sexually violent offenders.
For this Discussion, consider whether state sex offender registries are effective in preventing sexually violent behaviors and whether you consider them to be ethical.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 your explanation of the degree to which state sex offender registries are effective in the prevention of sexually violent behaviors. Then state your position on whether state sex offender registries are ethical and explain why.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Readings
• Kardasz, F. (2012). Sex offenders on the Internet: Cyber-struggles for the protection of children. In M. DeLisi& P. J. Conis (Eds.), Violent offenders: Theory, research, policy, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 301–318). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
• Ryan, R. M. (2012). Civil commitment laws for sexual predators. In M. DeLisi& P. J. Conis (Eds.),Violent offenders: Theory, research, policy, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 401–417). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
• Reese, S. L. (2012). Sex offender registries and criminal predators. In M. DeLisi& P. J. Conis (Eds.),Violent offenders: Theory, research, policy, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 419–432). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
• Sample, L. L., &Kadleck, C. (2008). Sex offender laws: Legislators’ accounts of the need for policy.Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(1), 40–62.
Retrieved from the Walden Library.
• Tewksbury, R. (2005). Collateral consequences of sex offender registration. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 21(1), 67–81.
Retrieved from the Walden Library.
• Vásquez, B. E., Maddan, S., & Walker, J. T. (2008). The influence of sex offender registration and notification laws in the United States: A time-series analysis. Crime & Delinquency, 54(2), 175–192.
Retrieved from the Walden Library.
Prevention and Management of Serial Offenders Discussion 8
Given that serial offenders are extremely dangerous and tend to inflict pain on many different victims throughout their lives, a considerable amount of effort has been placed on determining the best way to deal with them. In the criminal justice system two main approaches are used when handling serial offenders. One approach is prevention. According to this approach, at-risk children and youth should receive services that promote the development of pro-social behavior.
The second approach is focused on the belief that serial offenders cannot necessarily be prevented from offending but only managed once they are detected. According to this approach, the criminal justice system should incarcerate serial offenders for long periods of time as the only way to protect society from their crimes. While incarcerated, serial offenders could also receive rehabilitation programs, designed to help them stay crime free once released from prison.
Determining which of these approaches might be the most effective remains a matter of serious debate. Multiple policies have been developed employing one or both of these approaches in an attempt to prevent serial offenses and/or manage serial offenders.
For this Discussion, select a policy for the prevention of serial offenses, management of serial offenders, or both. Then consider how this policy might or might not be effective and why.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a description of the policy you selected. In your description state whether the policy is for the prevention of serial offenses, management of serial offenders, or both. Then explain how this policy might or might not be effective and why.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
Readings
• Drury, A. J. (2012). Violent offenders: A perspective on dynamic federal supervision practices. In M. DeLisi& P. J. Conis (Eds.), Violent offenders: Theory, research, policy, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 351–368). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
• Cunningham, M. D. (2012). Institutional misconduct among capital murders. In M. DeLisi& P. J. Conis (Eds.), Violent offenders: Theory, research, policy, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 383–399). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
• Friendship, C., Mann, R. E., & Beech, A. R. (2003). Evaluation of a national prison-based treatment program for sexual offenders in England and Wales. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(7), 744–759.
Retrieved from the Walden Library.
• Hanson, R. K., & Morton-Bourgon, K. E. (2005). The characteristics of persistent sexual offenders: A meta-analysis of recidivism studies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(6), 1154–1163.
Retrieved from the Walden Library.
• Welsh, B. C., & Farrington, D. P. (2007). Scientific support for early prevention of delinquency and later offending. Victims & Offenders, 2(2), 125–140.
Retrieved from the Walden Library.


 

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