Sex Offender Re-Entry: A Summary and Policy Recommendation on the Current State of the Law in California and How to 'Safely' Re-Introduce Sex Offenders into Our Communities

49 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007  

Maaren Alia Choksi

Stanford University - Criminal Justice Center

Date Written: January 27, 2006

Abstract

This paper attempts to provide a comprehensive review of the current and pending sex offender legislation in California, examine their effectiveness or ineffectiveness and any possible loopholes, and conclude with a broad recommendation on where the state of California's law and policies surrounding the safe release and supervision of sex offenders into the community should be heading. In doing so, the paper will rely on current statistics on sex offenders in California, policy recommendations by various organizations on this topic, media profiles and case histories of recent real-life sex crimes, and actual data from the California online sex offender registry to discover the profile of the "real" sex offender in California. This paper will also examine the roll of public outcry and moral panic in the implementation of these laws and the effect this may have had on their specific provisions and eventual effectiveness in order to provide a more comprehensive review of the impetus behind such regulations and hopefully to inform future legislation of the lessons of the past.

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Suggested Citation

Choksi, Maaren Alia, Sex Offender Re-Entry: A Summary and Policy Recommendation on the Current State of the Law in California and How to 'Safely' Re-Introduce Sex Offenders into Our Communities (January 27, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977266 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.977266

Maaren Alia Choksi (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Criminal Justice Center ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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