The Emergence of Juvenile Sex-Offender Treatment

in An American Travesty

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780226983578
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226983592 | DOI:
The Emergence of Juvenile Sex-Offender Treatment

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The number of juveniles arrested for sex offenses has remained stable over the past quarter century and there are no indications that the behaviors leading to arrests or the likelihood of repetition of sex crime has changed much in the past few decades. Indeed, there is reason to believe that officially reported juvenile sex offenses other than forcible rape are spread more evenly across the cities and suburbs of developed nations and are also less variable over time than many other types of youth criminality. But while the frequency and type of sex offending by the young has remained stable in the United States during the last two decades or so, attitudes concerning how to best respond to the problem have changed. This chapter documents and explores some of these changes.

Keywords: juvenile sex offenders; sex crime; forcible rape; sex offender treatment; arrests; youth criminality

Chapter.  11508 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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