In this up-to-date new Edition, Wright and his team of expert contributing authors incorporate results of the latest studies on sex offender policies in their critical analyses of current laws, and assess the most effective approaches in preventing sex offender recidivism. This provocative book has been updated throughout to reflect the latest research in the fields of criminal justice, law, forensic psychology, and social work. It is the only book on the market that offers such a focused and comprehensive examination of current sex offender laws and policies and what is known about their efficacy. This new and expanded Edition of the book presents alternative models and approaches to sex offense laws and policies, including a brand new chapter on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs. The authors explore critical, cutting-edge topics, such as sexting, internet sexual solicitation, the death penalty, and community responses to sex offense.
Richard G. Wright is a nationally known expert on the issue of sexual offender laws. He has been a practitioner, researcher, scholar, public speaker and teacher on issues of sexual offending, federal crime control, racial inequality, and domestic violence for twenty years. After many years of community-organizing, policy advocacy, program development and implementation, he received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2004.He has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Criminology & Public Policy, and legal journals on federal sex offender laws including the Adam Walsh Act, the 2003 Protect Act and the 1994 enactment of the Jacob Wetterling Act. He has been interviewed and cited by numerous media outlets including USA Today, Newsweek, the Boston Globe and National Public Radio. His intellectual and scholarly agenda includes examining the growth of preventive detention, the balance between civil liberties and the War on Terror, sexual assault and moral agency.