Franklin E. Zimring's An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sexual PDF

By Franklin E. Zimring

ISBN-10: 0226983579

ISBN-13: 9780226983578

ISBN-10: 0226983587

ISBN-13: 9780226983585

An American Travesty is the 1st scholarly publication in part a century to research the justice system’s reaction to sexual misconduct by means of kids and teenagers within the usa. Writing with a fresh dose of good judgment, Franklin E. Zimring discusses our society's failure to contemplate the developmental prestige of adolescent intercourse offenders. Too usually, he argues, the yankee criminal method ignores age and developmental prestige while adjudicating younger sexual offenders, in lots of situations responding as they'd to an adult. “An opinionated, articulate, and forceful critique of present politics and practices. . . . i might suggest this publication for a person attracted to rethinking the basic questions of ways our courts and platforms may still reply to those cases.”—Law and Politics publication Review “One of an important new books within the box of sweet sixteen justice. . . . Zimring deals a considerate, research-based research of what went flawed with felony coverage development.”—Barry Krisberg, President, nationwide Council on Crime and Delinquency  

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The central task of policy toward youth sex crime is minimizing the immediate harms it produces while facilitating the normal maturation of offenders and their victims. What are the harms of adolescent sex offending? Which victims are hurt most, and how might their suffering be diminished? These are questions worth more than one book. But this volume is intended as a small down payment on the larger enterprise of research and analysis that rational policy requires. The third goal is to produce a policy analysis of specific programs currently used as legal responses to adolescent sex offending.

Department of Justice, 2000, p. 236. The Juvenile Sex Offender 43 robbery, burglary, and auto theft, and are a fraction of the 53 percent of all arson arrest that involve juveniles. Further, sex arrests are a smaller fraction of total juvenile arrests than of adult arrests. 2 percent), and juvenile arrests for all sex offenses account for 1 in 100 total nontraffic arrests (the adult figure is 1 in 70) (Uniform Crime Reports, 2000). The puzzle here is that kids have twice the rate of total burglary arrests without any special legal liability to account for their inflated share.

Offender registration, community notification, civil confinement at the end of prison terms, and legal provision for treatments called “chemical castration” (West’s Fla. Stat. Ann. 0235, administration of medroproxyprogesterone acetate to persons convicted of sexual battery; West’s Cal. Penal Code § 645, medroproxyprogesterone acetate treatment) are all closely linked to a theory of sex crime as the outcome of a fixed, compulsive, and repetitive pathology. The registration and notification strategies assume that the nature of the future threat posed by an offender can best be determined by reviewing his criminal record.

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