Sex Roles (2010) 63:292–294 DOI 10.1007/s11199-009-9734-1 BOOK REVIEW Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions. Edited by Richard G. Wright, New York, Springer Publishing Company, 2009. 531pp. $50, (hardcover). ISBN: 978-082611109-8 L. Alvin Malesky Jr. Published online: 30 January 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 Introduction excellent job summarizing the sex offender research literature and succinctly presents many important issues Multiple laws intended to decrease sexual victimization (e.g., recidivism, juvenile sex offenders, treatment efficacy, have been enacted in the United States during the past etc.) in a manner that individuals with limited knowledge of 20 years (e.g., registration and notification, residency these topics will be able to understand. Karen Terry and restrictions, civil commitment). Unfortunately many of Alissa Ackerman also provide a thorough and informative these laws were implemented without a critical analysis of summary of the history of our current sex offender policies their potential effectiveness. Furthermore, it is unclear how and laws in chapter three. much weight legislators and policymakers in the U.S. are The second section is comprised of eight chapters and placing on the burgeoning outcome data assessing the examines, in detail, sex offender policies and laws. This actual effectiveness of these policies. Sex Offenders
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