Friday, April 14, 2017

Public misperceptions about sex offenders skew public policy

From the Prison Legal News, word of a perhaps unsurprising study that finds that public misperceptions about sex offenders has influenced legislators to pass punitive sex offender laws.
A 2015 study authored by Christina Mancini, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kristen Budd of MiamiUniversity (Ohio) found that numerous misperceptions about sex crimes--such as the myth of "stranger danger," the perception of abnormally high sexual recidivism, and offense amplification--have been the impetus behind laws passed by "get tough" legislators spurred on by a misinformed public.
Read more at Prison Legal News.

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