Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2153285
 


 



Inevitable Recidivism: The Origin and Centrality of an Urban Legend


Tamara Rice Lave


University of Miami, School of Law

April 1, 2011

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 34, p. 186, April 2011

Abstract:     
This paper examines the pervasive conviction that sex offenders – particularly child molesters – will continue to re-offend. This belief in inevitable recidivism turns out to be absolutely essential to both the justification for, and the structure of, the sexually violent predator laws. When actual evidence of sex offender recidivism is examined, however, a huge gap exists between what is assumed and what the data actually show because most sex offenders do not in fact re-offend. Thus there is a galaxy of sexually violent predator laws and an entire branch of Supreme Court jurisprudence that is founded upon a demonstrable urban legend.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Sex offender, recidivism, U.S. Supreme Court, public perceptions, socially constructed truth

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: September 27, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Lave, Tamara Rice, Inevitable Recidivism: The Origin and Centrality of an Urban Legend (April 1, 2011). International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 34, p. 186, April 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2153285

Contact Information

Tamara Rice Lave (Contact Author)
University of Miami, School of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.miami.edu/facadmin/tlave.php
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 278
Downloads: 53
Download Rank: 234,442

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.329 seconds