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 investigate the justice system’s reaction to sexual misconduct via young ones and youngsters within the usa. Writing with a clean dose of logic, Franklin E. Zimring discusses our society's failure to think about the developmental prestige of adolescent intercourse offenders. Too usually, he argues, the yank felony process ignores age and developmental prestige whilst adjudicating younger sexual offenders, in lots of circumstances responding as they'd to an adult. “An opinionated, articulate, and forceful critique of present politics and practices. . . . i'd suggest this publication for an individual drawn to rethinking the basic questions of the way our courts and platforms may still reply to those cases.”—Law and Politics e-book Review “One of an important new books within the box of teen justice. . . . Zimring deals a considerate, research-based research of what went mistaken with criminal coverage development.”—Barry Krisberg, President, nationwide Council on Crime and Delinquency  

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S. S. Department of Justice, 1976–2000. Continuity and Change 35 half again the arrest volume in 1975. Yet these variations in arrest volume are quite modest over the entirety of the period, especially when compared with the volatility of imprisonment levels. 7 traces the trend in prison inmates incarcerated for rape and for other sexual assaults during 1980–1997. Again, the 1980 total for each offense is stated as 100 to show trends. Prostitution and commercial vice are not included because they do not account for a significant proportion of the prison population.

Then there is the very substantial number of sex crimes—including rape and much sexual abuse of minors—that is not committed by persons suffering from clinically diagnosable sexual disorders. What we do not know is what percentage of all or even some sexual offenses are the product of paraphilia. With no firm estimate of the incidence of most sex crimes, there is no obviously valid way of making an estimate. Clinical review of the records of a representative sample of persons arrested for a series of offenses might provide an accurate account of the overlap in known cases.

The fourth characteristic of the stereotypical sex offender is that of high dangerousness, with serious recidivism said to be all but inevitable in much of the public discourse on offender registration and community notification. In one of President Clinton’s weekly radio addresses, he claimed, “Nothing is more threatening to our families and communities and more destructive of our basic values than sex offenders who victimize children and families. Study after study tell us that they often repeat the same crimes.

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