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ERIC Number: EJ808659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Sex Crimes, Children, and Pornography: Public Views and Public Policy
Mears, Daniel P.; Mancini, Christina; Gertz, Marc; Bratton, Jake
Crime & Delinquency, v54 n4 p532-559 2008
"Get tough" approaches for responding to sex crimes have proliferated during the past decade. Child pornography in particular has garnered attention in recent years. Policy makers increasingly have emphasized incarceration as a response to such crime, including accessing child pornography. Juxtaposed against such efforts is a dearth of knowledge about "get tough" policies for responding to sex crimes, particularly those targeting children, and how most appropriately to respond to such crimes. The authors examine data from a national telephone survey of Americans to explore views toward sex crimes, with a special emphasis on crimes against children. The findings indicate the public supports tough responses to child sex crimes, but they also support treatment of sex offenders. Also, despite views that incarceration is an appropriate response to possessing child pornography, several social and demographic cleavages in such support exist. The authors discuss these findings and their implications for policy and research. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
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