The Invisible Punishment of the Juvenile Sex Offender
This chapter examines wide-scale registration and community notification of sex offenders. These laws transfer the responsibility for surveillance from the state to the public, making the community manage and monitor the sexual offender. They have two primary aims: protection and prevention. For instance, an informed police force armed with knowledge about whom to watch can protect a community more easily; offenders in the community who believe they are under continuous surveillance will be deterred from future crimes. The deterrent effect for which these laws aim may in the end be lost on juvenile sex offenders. The application of these laws to such offenders fails to take into account adolescents' unique offense characteristics, as well as the negative impact of community labeling on them.
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