ERIC Number: EJ922447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
The Electronic "Scarlet Letter": Criminal Backgrounding and a Perpetual Spoiled Identity
Murphy, Daniel S.; Fuleihan, Brian; Richards, Stephen C.; Jones, Richard S.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v50 n3 p101-118 2011
Crimes are multifaceted events that are not adequately explained with basic descriptors, yet a considerable amount of significance is afforded to relatively few simplistic labels that make up the contemporary "scarlet letter." Today's criminal records create a lifetime of stigmatization for a person. These public records employ a limited range of information. By acknowledging the deleterious effects of even one documented criminal event on an individual's self-concept and status in society, we cannot avoid being faced with a serious moral dilemma in light of society's prevalent reliance upon electronic criminal records. The electronic brand carried for life poses great challenges to offender rehabilitation and reintegration.
Descriptors: Criminals, Correctional Rehabilitation, Crime, Social Bias, Internet, Records (Forms), Self Concept, Social Integration
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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