ERIC Number: EJ1104155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Attitudes toward Sex Offender Policies and Laws
Wiersma, Beth A.; Siedschlaw, Kurt D.
College Student Journal, v50 n2 p143-152 Sum 2016
Beginning with the passage of The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act in 1994 and Megan's Law in 1996, the federal government and states have passed numerous pieces of legislation to control and restrict those convicted of sex offenses. This study surveyed the attitudes of undergraduate students toward sex offender policies and laws. Students indicated strong support for sex offender registration, community notification, residence restrictions, and treatment for sex offenders. There was less support for surgical and chemical castration but the majority of the students support the use of the death penalty for repeat sex offenders. The perspective of the college student today will greatly shape the understanding and attitudes towards the issues related to sex offender policies and laws in the future.
Descriptors: Violence, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Crime Prevention, Federal Legislation, State Legislation, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Criminal Law, Justice, Student Attitudes, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska
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