Tuesday, February 28, 2017

18 Highly Recommended Books on Sex Offenders, Registries, Laws, Punishment, Treatment, Recidivism, SVP Civil Commitment, and Moral Panics

Today I finished reading the new book (intended to be a text book for Criminal Justice students) Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders: Theory, Research, and Realities by Donna Vandiver, Jeremy Braithwaite and Mark Stafford. 

In the past I have just given a star rating (2, 3 or 4 stars) on the books I’ve read from the full list here but have not placed them in any specific order. 

But this week I decided to make a Top 15 or maybe it would be a Top 20 List (depending on how many I decided were worthwhile) in order of what I think are the best books for this particular platform. As of today that list is a “Top 18” but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other publications I’ve listed in the Books page especially since I have not been able to read every one of them. My “Top __” list will change and grow over time as new books are published (at the moment I have 3 more new books on order) but I will keep the most current list near the top of the Books page for those looking for it. 

I’ve made this list for those who are interested in these issues but don’t want to wade through  a multitude of books, For those who want to know the basic points and statistics so if they talk with Legislators they feel confident in their knowledge on the subject.  

You may not agree with the order of some of the book below and that’s OK it’s my opinion after reading more than 50 books on Sex Offender Laws/Restrictions/Recidivism/Treatment/Punishment/Registries/Probation/Monitoring, Sex Crimes, Child Pornography, SVP Civil Commitment, Teen Sexting, Criminal Justice, Fear-Mongering, Moral Panics, and the Media to help those of you who want to learn more without taking on a huge endeavor. 

Happy reading everyone! 

Mary Devoy 

Recommended Books:
1.                      Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Law, Meaning, and Violence) 
            By Carissa Byrne Hessick, 2016  

2.                    Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us
            By Emily Horowitz, 2015  

3.                    Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society: A Critical Look at Sexual Offending and Policy
            By Christina Mancini, 2013

4.                    Sexual Violence: Evidence Based Policy and Prevention
            Edited by Elizabeth L. Jeglic and Cynthia Calkins, 2016   

5.                     Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America
            By Chrysanthi Leon, 2011  

6.                    Sex Panic and the Punitive State
            By Roger N. Lancaster, 2011  

7.                     Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy
            By Charles Patrick Ewing, 2011  

8.                    Reconsidering Sex Crimes and Offenders: Prosecution or Persecution?
            By Laura J. Zilney & Lisa A. Zilney, 2013 & 2009   

9.                    Juvenile Sex Offenders: What the Public Needs to Know
            By Camille Gibson and Donna M. Vandiver, 2008  

10.               Sex Offender Laws: Failed Polices, New Directions
                  By Richard Wright, 2014 & 2009 

11.                 The Perversion of Youth: Controversies in the Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders
            By Frank DiCataldo, 2009  

12.                Perverts and Predators: The Making of Sexual Offending Laws
            By Laura J. Zilney & Lisa A. Zilney, 2009  

13.                Failure to Protect: America's Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State
                  By Eric S. Janus, 2009 

14.                Sexual Offenses and Offenders: Theory, Practice, and Policy
            By Karen J. Terry, 2012 & 2005

15.                Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders: Theory, Research, and Realities
                   By Donna Vandiver, Jeremy Braithwaite and Mark Stafford, 2016  

16.                Current Controversies Series: Sex Offenders and Public Policy
            Edited by Lynn Zott, 2007

17.                The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know
            By Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault and Nick Dubin, 2014  

18.               Sex Crime and the Media
                        By Chris Greer, 2012 & 2003