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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New Book! Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences By Carissa Byrne Hessick


It’s been awhile since I posted about a new book coming out or that I just finished reading. 

Today a blog-follower emailed me about the recent release of a book on Child Pornography.  

So I read the books summary, looked through it’s contents and then I read the two reviews……………..then I ordered it. 

I will also be adding it to my Books, Studies, Reports page today. 

Mary Devoy 

 

Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences
Edited by Carissa Byrne Hessick, Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law 

Legal experts, sociologists, and social workers debate the definition of child pornography, the punishment of offenders, and the protection of victims 
 

Contributors:
Amy M. Adler, Paul G. Cassell, Jeremy M. Christiansen; Melissa Hamilton; Carissa Byrne Hessick, Mary Graw Leary, James R. Marsh, Audrey Rogers, Troy Stabenow, Wendy Walsh, James Weinstein, Melissa Wells, Janis Wolak 

Summary:
The legal definition of child pornography is, at best, unclear. In part because of this ambiguity and in part because of the nature of the crime itself, the prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators, the protection of and restitution for victims, and the means for preventing repeat offenses are deeply controversial. In Refining Child Pornography Law, experts in law, sociology, and social work examine child pornography law and its consequences in an effort to clarify the questions and begin to formulate answers. Focusing on the roles of language and crime definition, the contributors discuss the increasing visibility child pornography plays in the national conversation about child safety, and present a range of views regarding the punishment of those who produce, distribute, and possess materials that may be considered child pornography. 

Order it from the publisher, University of Michigan Press https://www.press.umich.edu/8822605/refining_child_pornography_law/ 


Reviews:
The legal definition of child pornography is, at best, unclear. In part because of this ambiguity and in part because of the nature of the crime itself, the prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators, the protection of and restitution for victims, and the means for preventing repeat offenses are deeply controversial. In Refining Child Pornography Law, experts in law, sociology, and social work examine child pornography law and its consequences in an effort to clarify the questions and begin to formulate answers. Focusing on the roles of language and crime definition, the contributors discuss the increasing visibility child pornography plays in the national conversation about child safety, and present a range of views regarding the punishment of those who produce, distribute, and possess materials that may be considered child pornography. 

“During the early days of the so-called ‘war on drugs,’ possession of marijuana could sometimes lead to a decades-long criminal sentence. In time, the need for reconsideration, and proportionality in sentencing, became apparent. The contemporary sentencing approach to child pornography offenses, including possession, requires an analogous re-examination. This text does an outstanding job of addressing the rationale for sentencing in child pornography cases, and in suggesting the need for potential change, in a thorough, scholarly, and thought-provoking manner.”

-Fred S. Berlin, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


“Our modern digital world has increased exponentially the constitutional, social, and practical issues implicated by criminal laws and policies surrounding child pornography. This book provides a timely, balanced, and astute array of perspectives on a topic that all criminal law theorists and practitioners should be following closely.”
 

-Douglas A. Berman, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University