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  This Page was Last Updated on July 10, 2017

The stars below are based on my personal review after reading the material- Mary Devoy
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    -   Extremely Difficult to Follow (Highly Academic) or Duplicate Information that Can be Found in Better Books 
 
Soon to be Released:
  • Desistance from Sexual Offending: Narratives of Retirement, Regulation and Recovery (Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society) By Danielle Arlanda Harris Available September 25, 2017
  • Contemporary Sex Offender Risk Management, Volume I: Perceptions (Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society) Edited by Kieran McCartan and Hazel Kemshall  Available November 25, 2017
  • Contemporary Sex Offender Risk Management, Volume II: Responses (Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society) Edited by Kieran McCartan and Hazel Kemshall  Available November 25, 2017 
  • Living Under Sex Offender Laws: The Collateral Consequences for Offenders and their Families  By Tusty ten Bensel and Lisa Sample Available January 1, 2018

If you can only read one or two books on Sex Crimes, Sex Offenders, Public Registries, Sex Offender Restrictions/Laws, SO Treatment, SO Supervision, Juvenile Sex Offenders, Child Pornography, Teen Sexting or SVP Civil Commitment I’d suggest making your selection from this Top 20 List. 

My Top 20 List is always evolving, books move up, down and off the list based on my latest reading. At some point the list may become my Top 25. 

If you are truly interested in S.O. issues you don’t have to limit yourself, below the Top 20 List you will find more than 140 additional books to choose from.            - Mary Devoy

Most Recommended Books (in order):
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.                     Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation
              By Michael L. Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo, 2017
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.                    Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America
              By Chrysanthi Leon, 2011
9.                    Reconsidering Sex Crimes and Offenders: Prosecution or Persecution?
              By Laura J. Zilney & Lisa A. Zilney, 2013 & 2009
10.               Juvenile Sex Offenders: What the Public Needs to Know
              By Camille Gibson and Donna M. Vandiver, 2008
11.                 Sex Offender Laws: Failed Polices, New Directions
                     By Richard Wright, 2014 & 2009
12.                Perverts and Predators: The Making of Sexual Offending Laws
              By Laura J. Zilney & Lisa A. Zilney, 2009
13.                Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Sex Offenses
                          Edited by: Lawrence A. Dubin and Emily Horowitz, 2017
14.                The Perversion of Youth: Controversies in the Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders
              By Frank DiCataldo, 2009
15.                Failure to Protect: America's Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State
                     By Eric S. Janus, 2009
16.                Sexual Offenses and Offenders: Theory, Practice, and Policy
              By Karen J. Terry, 2012 & 2005
17.                Current Controversies Series: Sex Offenders and Public Policy
             Edited by Lynn Zott, 2007
18.               Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders: Theory, Research, and Realities
                     By Donna Vandiver, Jeremy Braithwaite and Mark Stafford, 2016
19.                The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know
              By Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault and Nick Dubin, 2014
20.              Sex Crime and the Media
                           By Chris Greer, 2012 & 2003

 
Other Books:

“Sex Offenders” and Sex Offenses: 
·                          Sex Offenders: Crime and Processing in the Criminal Justice System (Aspen Criminal Justice)
             By Sean Maddan and Lynn Pazzani, 2017 

·                          Resettlement of Sex Offenders after Custody: Circles of Support and Accountability (Routledge Studies in Crime and Society)
             By Terry Thomas and David Thompson, 2017 

·                          Sexual Offending: Cognition, Emotion and Motivation (Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology)
             By Theresa A. Gannon, 2017        

·                          Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions (Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice)
             Edited by Estelle Zinsstag and Marie Keenan, 2017   
 
·                          Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Social Control (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)
                  By Diana Rickard, 2016
 
·                          Social Work with Sex Offenders: Making a Difference (Social Work in Practice)
                  By Steve Myers, 2016
 
·                          Social Control of Sex Offenders: A Cultural History
                   By D. Richard Laws, 2016
 
·                          Treatment of Sex Offenders: Strengths and Weaknesses in Assessment and Intervention
                   By D. Richard Laws, 2016
 
·                          Sexual Aggression Against Children: Pedophiles' and Abusers' Development, Dynamics, Treatability, and the Law
                   By Jerome Blackman and Kathleen Dring, 2016  
 
·                          Sex Crime (Crime and Society Series)
                  By Terry Thomas, 2015 & 2005  All U.K.
 
·                          Sex Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives
                    By Alissa R. Ackerman and Rich Furman, 2015
 
·                          Innovations and Advancements in Sex Offender Research
                    By Wesley Jennings, 2014  
 
·                          Responding to Sexual Offending: Perceptions, Risk Management and Public Protection (Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society)
                  By Kieran McCartan, 2014 All U.K.

·                       Monstrous Crimes and the Failure of Forensic Psychiatry
                (International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine)
                   By John Douard and Pamela D. Schultz, 2013
 
·                          Sex Offenders: Punish, Help, Change or Control?: Theory, Policy and Practice Explored (Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice)
                  Edited by Jo Brayford, Francis Cowe and John Deering, 2012
 
·                          Rehabilitating and Resettling Offenders in the Community
                  By Anthony H. Goodman, 2012
 
·                          Convicted Sex Offenders: Restrictions and Challenges (Law, Crime and Law Enforcement)
                    By Joanne D. Rimpell, 2011
 
·                          Increased Surveillance of Sex Offenders: Impacts on Recidivism (Criminal Justice: Recent Scholarship)
                   By Lisa Williams-Taylor, 2011
 
·                          The Registration and Monitoring of Sex Offenders: A Comparative Study
                   By Terry Thomas, 2011
 
·                          Rehabilitating Sexual Offenders: A Strength-based Approach
                   By William L. Marshall, Liam E. Marshall, Geris A. Serran and Matt D. O'Brien, 2011  
 
·                          Desistance from Sex Offending: Alternatives to Throwing Away the Keys
                  By Richard Laws & Tony Ward, 2010  
 
·                          The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law
                    By Vanessa Place, 2010
 
·                          Knowledge as Power: Criminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in America
                    By Wayne Logan, 2009
 
·                          The Modern Day Leper
                    By Rev. Dick Witherow, 2009 
 
·                          Sexual Offending and Restoration (Restorative Justice Classics)
                    By Mark Yantzi, 2009
 
·                          Sex Offenders: Identification, Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Legal Issues
                    By Fabian M. Saleh, Albert J. Grudzinskas, John M. Bradford & Daniel J. Brodsky, 2009 
 
·                          The Labeling of Sex Offenders: The Unintended Consequences of the Best Intentioned Public Policies
                    By Sean Maddan, 2008 
 
·                          The Shaming of Sexual Offenders: Risk, Retribution and Reintegration
                    By Anne Marie McAlinden, 2007 
 
·                          Sex Offenses and the Men Who Commit Them: An Assessment of Sex Offenders on Probation
                    By Michelle Meloy, 2006
 
·                          The Socially Skilled Child Molester: Differentiating the Guilty from the Falsely Accused
                    By Carla Van Dam, 2006
 
·                          Preventing Sexual Violence: How Society Should Cope With Sex Offenders
                    By John Q. La Fond, 2005
 
·                          Sex Offenders in the Community: Managing and Reducing the Risks (Cambridge Criminal Justice Series)
                  By Amanda Matravers, 2005
 
·                          Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America
                   By Philip Jenkins, 2004
 
·                          Sex Offender Treatment: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Future Directions
                   By Edmond J Coleman and Michael Miner, 2003
 

Adolescents/Juveniles:
·                          Beyond the Offense: Family Involvement and Restorative Trauma Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders
                  By Doyle K. Pruitt, 2016
 
·                          Sexting and Young People
                  By Thomas Crofts, Murray Lee, Alyce McGovern, Sanja Milivojevic and Michael Salter, 2015   A lot of Australian cases/laws, but still worth a read
 
·                          Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent (Feminist Media Studies)
                  By Amy Adele Hasinoff, 2015
 
·                          Children, Sexuality, and the Law (Families, Law, and Society)
                  By Ellen Marrus, 2015
 
·                          Sexting and Cyberbullying: Defining the Line for Digitally Empowered Kids
                  By Shaneen Shariff, 2015
 
·                          Adolescent Sexual Behavior in the Digital Age: Considerations for Clinicians, Legal Professionals and Educators
                  By Fabian Saleh, Albert Grudzinskas and Abigail Judge, 2014  A good resource for research and court rulings
 
·                          Age of Consent (At Issue Series)
                  By Olivia Ferguson and Hayley Mitchell Haugen, 2010
 
·                          Juvenile Sexual Offending: Causes, Consequences, and Correction
                  By Gail Ryan, Tom F. Leversee and Sandy Lane, 2010
 
·                          The Perversion of Youth: Controversies in the Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders
                  By Frank DiCataldo, 2009
 
·                          An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending
                  By Franklin E. Zimring, 2009
 
·                          The Juvenile Sex Offender
                  By Howard Barbaree and William Marshall, 2008
 
·                          Juvenile Sex Offenders: What the Public Needs to Know
                  By Camille Gibson and Donna M. Vandiver, 2008
 
·                          Adolescence, Sexuality, and the Criminal Law: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality Monographic Separates)
                  By Vern L Bullough, 2005
 
·                          Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States
                  By Carolyn E. Cocca, 2004 
 

On-Line Safety/Internet Stings/Child Pornography:
·                          Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Law, Meaning, and Violence)
                  By Carissa Byrne Hessick, 2016  
 
·                          Adolescent Sexual Behavior in the Digital Age: Considerations for Clinicians, Legal Professionals and Educators
                  By Fabian Saleh, Albert Grudzinskas and Abigail Judge, 2014  a good resource for research and court rulings
 
·                          Internet Sex Offenders
                  By Michael C. Seto, 2013
 
·                          Understanding and Preventing Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
                  Edited by Ethel Quayle and Kurt M. Ribisl, 2012
 
·                          A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire
                  By Ogi Ogas & Sai Gaddam, 2011
 
·                          Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy
                  By Charles Patrick Ewing, 2011
 
·                          In the Shadows of the Net
                  By Patrick Carnes, 2009
 
·                          Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses
                  By Yaman Akdeniz, 2008
 
·                          Child Pornography: Crime, Computers and Society
                  By Ian O'Donnell and Claire Milner, 2007
 
·                          Only Pictures?: Therapeutic Work With Internet Sex Offenders
                  By Ethel Quayle, Dawn Harbinson, Marcus Erooga, Max Taylor and Louise Wright, 2006
 
·                          Viewing Child Pornography on the Internet: Understanding the Offence, Managing the Offender, Helping the Victims
                  By Ethel Quayle and Max Taylor, 2005
 
·                          Child Pornography: An Internet Crime
                  By Ethel Quayle and Max Taylor, 2003
 
·                          Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography Online
                  By Philip Jenkins, 2001
 

Civil Commitment/SVP’s:

·                          Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation
            By Michael L. Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo, 2017
·                          Sexual Predators: Society, Risk and the Law (International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health)
                  By Robert Prentky, Howard Barbaree and Eric Janus, 2015  
 
·                          Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy
                  By Charles Patrick Ewing, 2011
 
·                          Failure to Protect: America's Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State
                  By Eric S. Janus, 2009
 
·                          It's Okay We're Only Sex Offenders
                  By Alan Rigby, 2008
 
·                          Protecting Society from Sexually Dangerous Offenders: Law, Justice, and Therapy (Law and Public Policy)
                  By Seth C. Kalichman and John Q. La Fond, 2003
 
·                          Evaluating Sex Offenders: A Manual for Civil Commitments and Beyond 
                  By Dennis M. Doren, 2002 
 

America’s Justice System/Prosecutors/Restorative Justice:
·                          Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics
                  By Marie Gottschak, 2015 
 
·                          A Costly American Hatred
                  By Joseph Rodney Dole II, 2015
 
·                          Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice
                  By Sidney Powell, 2014
 
·                          Miscarriages of Justice: Actual Innocence, Forensic Evidence, and the Law
                  By Brent E. Turvey and Craig M Cooley, 2014
 
·                          Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment
                  By Robert A. Ferguson, 2014
 
·                          The Punisher's Brain: The Evolution of Judge and Jury (Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society)
                         By Morris B. Hoffman, 2014
 
·                          The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America
                  By Todd R. Clear and Natasha A. Frost, 2013
 
·                          The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America
                  By John T. Parry and L. Song Richardson, 2013
 
·                          The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
                  By Michelle Alexander, 2012
 
·                          False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent
                  By Jim Petro and Nancy Petro, 2012
 
·                          Prosecution Complex: America's Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent
                  By Daniel S. Medwed, 2012
 
·                          The Collapse of American Criminal Justice
                  By William J. Stuntz, 2011
 
·                          Flawed Criminal Justice Policies: At the Intersection of the Media, Public Fear and Legislative Response
                  By Frances P. Reddington and Gene Bonham Jr., 2011
 
·                          Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
                  By Brandon L. Garrett, 2011  
 
·                          One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty
                  By Paul Rosenzwieg and Brian W. Walsh, 2010
 
·                          The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law
                  By Vanessa Place, 2010
 
·                          Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality
                  By Sylvia Clute, 2010
 
·                          Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor
                  By Angela J. Davis, 2009 
 
·                          Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court
                  By Amy Bach, 2009
 
·                          Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
                  By Harvey A. Silverglate, 2009
 
·                          The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice
                  By Paul Craig Roberts, 2008 
 
·                          The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four
                  By Tom Wells and Richard Leo, 2008
 
·                          Thinking about Crime: Sense and Sensibility in American Penal Culture (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
                  By Michael Tonry, 2006
 
·                          Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated
                  By Dave Eggers, Lola Vollen & Scott Turow, 2005
 
·                          No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times
                  By Dorothy Rabinowitz, 2004
 
·                          Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything
                  By Gene Healy, 2004
 
·                          Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make it Right
                  By Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld and Jim Dwyer, 2003
 
·                          The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment in America
                  By Dr. Katherine A. Beckett & Theodore Sasson, 2003
 
·                          Anatomy of the McMartin Child Molestation Case
                  By Edgar W. Butler, 2001
 
·                          Witch Hunt: A True Story of Social Hysteria and Abused Justice
                  By Kathryn Lyon, 1998
 
·                          Convicted but Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy
                  By Ronald Huff, Dr. Arye Rattner & Edward Sagarin, 1996
 
·                          Presumed Guilty: When Innocent People Are Wrongly Convicted
                  By Martin Yant, 1991
 

Panic, Fear, Crisis, the Media and Creating Villains/Scapegoats:


·                          Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus

                   By Laura Kipnis, 2017
·                          The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities
                        By Robert David Johnson and Stuart Taylor, 2017 
 
·                          Psychology of Fear, Crime and the Media: International Perspectives (Researching Social Psychology)
                  Edited by Derek Chadee, 2015
 
·                          Sex Crime and the Media
                  By Chris Greer, 2012 & 2003
 
·                          Sex Panic and the Punitive State
                  By Roger N. Lancaster, 2011
 
·                          Popular Trauma Culture: Selling the Pain of Others in the Mass Media
                  By Anne Rothe, 2011
 
·                          Fearmonger: Stephen Harper's Tough-on-Crime Agenda
                  By Paula Mallea, 2011
 
·                          The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
                  By Seth Mnookin, 2011
 
·                          Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice
                  By Ray Surette, 2010
 
·                          The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain
                  By Daniel Gardner, 2009
 
·                          Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
                  By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, 2008
 
·                          Critical Readings: Moral Panics and the Media (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies)
                  By Chas Critcher, 2006
 
·                          Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America
                  By Philip Jenkins, 2004
 
·                          Media Mythmakers
                  By Benjamin Radford, 2003
 
·                          Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis (Social Problems and Social Issues)
                  By David Altheide, 2002
 
·                          The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
                  By Barry Glassner, 2000
 
·                          The Politics of Child Abuse in America (Child Welfare)
                  By Lela B. Costin, Howard Jacob Karger and David Stoesz, 1997
 
·                          Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance
                  By Erich Goode and Ben-Yehuda, 1994
 
·                          Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims
                  By Joel Best, 1993
 
·                          Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited
                  By Richard A. Gardner, 1990 
 

Repressed, Recovered and False Memories:
·                          My Lie: A True Story of False Memory
                  By Meredith Maran, 2010
 
·                          A Motion For Innocence: ...And Justice for All?
                  By Shaun Webb, 2010
 
·                          Spectral Evidence: The Ramona Case: Incest, Memory, And Truth On Trial In Napa Valley
                  By Moira Johnston, 1998
 
·                          Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome
                  By Robert A. Baker, 1998
 
·                          Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory
                  By Lawrence Wright, 1998
 
·                          Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, and Sexual Hysteria
                  By Richard Ofshe and Ethan Watters , 1996
 
·                          Victims of Memory: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives
                  By Mark Pendergrast, 1996
 
·                          The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse
                  By Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham, 1996
 
·                          True Stories of False Memories
                  By Eleanor Goldstein and Kevin Farmer, 1993
 
·                          Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited
                  By Richard A. Gardner, 1990
 

Biographies/Memoirs/Accounts of RSO’s or Their Loved Ones:
·                          I'm Not One of Them!
                  By Eric Standford, 2015
 
·                          The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know
                  By Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault and Nick Dubin, 2014
 
·                          Registered for Life: Consequences of a Former Sex Offender
                  By R Luther Cooper, 2012
 
·                          A Motion for Innocence: ...And Justice for All?
                  By Shaun Webb, 2012 & 2010
 
·                          UNPRECEDENTED: Challenges in America How sex offender laws are impacting our nation
                  By J.B. Haralson and J.R. Cordeiro, 2011
 
·                          Classification: Sex Offender: America's Ultimate Scarlet Letter
                  By J. D. Strathmore, 2011
 
·                          Locked In the Sex Offender Registry: Rendition in Maine
                  By Jim Logan, 2011
 
·                          A Parallel Universe
                  By Alex Landon and Elaine Halleck, 2011
 
·                          Consensual Consequences: A True Story of Life with a “Registered Sex Offender”
                  By Lynn Gilmore, 2011
 
·                          How I Became a Registered Sex Offender
                  By Eric Robert Smith, 2010
 
·                          The World Calls Me Sex Offender
                  By James Clagen, 2006
 
·                          Offending Identities: Sex Offenders’ Perspectives on Their Treatment and Management                    
                  By Kirsty Hudson, 2005

 
Documentaries: 
Season 1 (2011)
-          State of Sex Offenders
Season 2 (2011)
-          Incarceration Nation
Season 3 (2012)
-          Labeled for Life
-          Innocent Behind Bars
Season 4 (2013)
-          A Predator in the Clubhouse
Season 5 (2014) Final Season
-          Criminal Informants
-          Children of the System
-          Labeled for Life: 18 Months Later 

1.       Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison                    Posted Jan 2013
2.      Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison                                           Posted Nov 2011
4.      Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice                   Posted Mar 2012
5.      Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison                                            Posted Jul 2010
6.      Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison                              Posted Dec 2012
7.       Daniel Reisel: The neuroscience of restorative justice                 Posted Mar 2014
 

Studies, Reports and Presentations: 

                        Kurt Bumby, Ph.D.
                        David D’Amora, M.S., LPC, CFC
                        Shenique S. Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Vera Institute of Justice- Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends, July 2014: http://www.vera.org/pubs/state-sentencing-and-corrections-trends-2013
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Task Force on Restoration of Rights: Collateral Damage: America’s Failure to Forgive or Forget in the War on Crime – A Roadmap to Restore Rights and Status After Arrest or Conviction, May 2014:
1.        The United States should embark on a national effort to end the second-class legal status and stigmatization of persons who have fulfilled the terms of a criminal sentence.
2.        All mandatory collateral consequences should be disfavored and are never appropriate unless substantially justified by the specific offense conduct.
3.        Discretionary collateral consequences should be imposed only when the offense conduct is recent and directly related to a particular benefit or opportunity.
4.        Full restoration of rights and status should be available to convicted individuals upon completion of sentence.
5.        Congress and federal agencies should provide individuals with federal convictions with meaningful opportunities to regain rights and status, and individuals with state convictions with mechanisms to avoid collateral consequences imposed by federal law.
6.        Individuals charged with a crime should have an opportunity to avoid conviction and the collateral consequences that accompany it.
7.        Employers, landlords and other decision-makers should be encouraged to offer opportunities to individuals with criminal records, and unwarranted discrimination based on a criminal record should be prohibited.
8.       Jurisdictions should limit access to and use of criminal records for non-law enforcement purposes and should ensure that records are complete and accurate.
9.       Defense lawyers should consider avoiding, mitigating and relieving collateral consequences to be an integral part of their representation of a client.
  • Human Rights Watch- US: A Nation Behind Bars, Reform Excessively Harsh Criminal Sentences, May 2014:
o         Ensure that the severity of the punishment does not exceed the gravity of the crime;
o         Reform or eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws that prevent judges from being able to tailor sentences to the individual crime and the particular defendant;
o         Ensure that adolescents and children are treated in a manner appropriate to their age and capacity for change, and that they are not subjected to all the same criminal procedures and sanctions as adults;
o         Reduce or eliminate criminal sanctions for immigration offenders, especially those who have done nothing more than enter the country illegally;
o         End criminal sanctions for possession of illegal drugs for personal use; and
o         Ensure that criminal law is not by its terms or enforcement biased against any racial, ethnic, or religious group, as for example, in the disproportionate enforcement of drug laws against black people in the US.
  • National Research Council- The Growth of Incarceration in the United States:  Exploring Causes and Consequences, May 2014:
There is little convincing evidence that mandatory minimum sentencing, truth-in-sentencing, or life without possibility of parole laws had significant crime reduction effects. But there is substantial evidence that they shifted sentencing power from judges to prosecutors; provoked widespread circumvention; exacerbated racial disparities in imprisonment; and made sentences much longer, prison populations much larger, and incarceration rates much higher.

  • Heritage Foundation- Reconsidering Mandatory Minimum Sentences: The Arguments for and Against Potential Reforms, May 2014:
Mandatory minimum sentences are the product of good intentions, but good intentions do not always make good policy; good results are also necessary. Recognizing this fact, there are public officials on both sides of the aisle who support amending some components of federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. But before such reform can proceed, Congress must ask itself: With respect to each crime, is justice best served by having legislatures assign fixed penalties to that crime? Or should legislatures leave judges more or less free to tailor sentences to the aggravating and mitigating facts of each criminal case within a defined range?
Contrary to popular belief, offender registries are not a recent phenomenon. Offender registries are government-controlled systems that track the movements and other activities of certain persons with criminal convictions. While today they are most commonly used for sex offenders, registries have been adopted
since the 1930s to regulate persons convicted of a wide variety of offenses including embezzlement, arson, and drug crimes. Early registries were widely criticized as ineffective and overly punitive, and many were eliminated through litigation or legislative repeals. Others simply fell into disuse over the course of the 20th century. Now, there is a growing body of research that demonstrates that
modern sex offender registries are similarly ineffective at reducing crime. Sex offender registries are costly, vastly overbroad, and error-ridden. Even worse, the overwhelming stigma of public notification provisions may actually increase recidivism among offenders.2 Despite their repeated history of failure, enthusiasm for publicly available, internet-based registries for every offense imaginable has only grown in recent years. There have been proposals across the country to register those found guilty of animal abuse, arson, drug offenses, domestic violence, and even failure to pay child support. Existing registries are
expanding and becoming increasingly punitive. Without a concerted effort to stop the tide of offender registration, we are at risk of repeating past mistakes on a much larger and more treacherous scale.
Offender registries are backwards, punitive measures that do not make communities safer. Unfortunately, those in favor of more nuanced, data-driven methods of reducing violence and sexual abuse face substantial barriers in overcoming precedent from years when registries were far narrower in scope than they are today. Advocates must work to distinguish current registries from their predecessors, educate legislators and the public on the ineffectiveness and perverse consequences of offender registries, and continue to conduct research to determine what actually works to prevent harm. While it is an uphill battle, we may take comfort that the facts are on our side.
  • An Epidemic of Prosecutor Misconduct By Center for Prosecutor Integrity, December 2013:
Estimates of the extent of wrongful convictions vary. A 2007 analysis of persons sentenced to death from 1973 to 2004 yielded a 2.3% exoneration rate.6 A more recent study of post-conviction DNA analyses in Virginia found that for 15% of persons convicted of sexual assault, the defendant was later excluded due to lack of a DNA match.
Nationwide, 160,800 prisoners who were convicted for rape or other sexual assault are currently under state jurisdiction.50 Extrapolating the Virginia false conviction figure to a national sample, we conclude that 24,120 current inmates were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.
The exact same process and results occur in sexual cases, at a State level and Federal (Child Pornography). It’s either mandatory minimums or sentence that can go up to Life-Plus- 20Years and in Virginia there is no parole, so life is life.
  • To Reduce Mass Incarceration  AKA “Success-Oriented Funding,” By Inimai M. Chettiar, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Nicole Fortier and Timothy Ross,  November 2013:
Would recast the federal government’s $352 million Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, by changing the measures used to determine success of its grants. It reflects a broader proposed shift in criminal justice programs at all levels of government. The proposal could be implemented without legislation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The JAG program was launched nearly three decades ago at the height of the crime wave. As such, its performance measures center on questions about the quantity of arrests and prosecutions. Although funding levels are not based on rates of arrests and prosecutions, interviews with over 100 state and local officials and recipients found that many grant recipients interpreted the performance measure questions as indicating how they should focus their activity.
The Brennan Center’s new; more robust performance measures would better record how effective grant recipients are at reducing crime in their state or locality.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Decisions and Sex Offender Legislation: Evidence of Evidence-Based Policy? By Christina Mancini and Daniel P. Mears,  Fall of 2013:
In the past two decades, the federal government and states have enacted a wide range of new laws that target sex offenders. A series of U.S. Supreme Court cases has addressed the constitutionality of such legislation and, in so doing, contributed to the current policy landscape. The Court’s influence is noteworthy in part because of the calls during this same time period for evidence-based policy. Does the influence, however, reflect not only the legal considerations that necessarily attend to these cases but also an accurate and balanced assessment of social science theory and research? We address this question by examining Supreme Court cases from 1991 to 2011 involving sex crime laws. The findings indicate that the Court  demonstrates an awareness of scientific research by referencing it in almost all decisions involving sex offender legislation, yet the Court frequently overstates or misinterprets empirical findings. Implications for research and policy are discussed.

The federal tier-based sex offender registration and management system put in place in 2006 does not predict risk of recidivism by sex offenders and its authors point to the need for a system based on more empirical data.

 

Adolescents/Juveniles: 

Several recommendations for improving juvenile interrogations:
-          Officers should receive training in adolescent brain development to gain a better understanding of how they think and rationalize differently from adults.
-          They should not use fabricated evidence or other forms of deceit to capitalize on the vulnerabilities of the developing brain.
-          All interrogations should be videotaped to protect the integrity of the evidence.
-          Current lie-detection techniques should not be used because many studies show that attempts to determine whether someone is lying based on eye contact and body language are wrong half the time. “Other methods work better,” Warner said, “such as using techniques that increase cognitive load, including having a suspect tell what happened in reverse order.”
-          Warner also recommends that social scientists work more closely with police departments and officers to improve the interrogation process rather than simply being critical of current methods.


Sexting: 


Residency Restrictions: 

 

On-Line Safety/Internet Stings/Child Pornography: 


People with Developmental Disorders /Autism/ Asperger’s Syndrome/Mental and Physical Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System and/or Facing Sexual Charges 

 

Civil Commitment/SVP’s/Actuarial and Risk Assessment Tools: 


Panic, Fear, Crisis, the Media and Creating Villains/Scapegoats: