Journal article

A comparative analysis of Australian sex offender legislation for sex offender registries

James Vess, Brooke Langskaill, Andrew Day, Martine Powell, Joe Graffam

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

Australia has followed the course taken by other English-speaking countries in recent years of enacting legislation that requires convicted sexual offenders to register personal details with law enforcement agencies. These laws have been enacted to protect the public from the perceived threat posed by sex offenders, but have been written with little apparent reference to the available research literature about the nature and extent of this threat. In addition, there is no empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of legislatively based sex offender registries to either reduce sexual offending or to enable the police to investigate sex crimes and apprehend offenders. This article compar..

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