An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sexual by Franklin E. Zimring

By Franklin E. Zimring

An American Travesty is the 1st scholarly publication in part a century to research the justice system’s reaction to sexual misconduct by means of young ones and children within the usa. Writing with a clean dose of good judgment, Franklin E. Zimring discusses our society's failure to contemplate the developmental prestige of adolescent intercourse offenders. Too frequently, he argues, the yankee criminal procedure ignores age and developmental prestige whilst adjudicating younger sexual offenders, in lots of circumstances responding as they'd to an adult. “An opinionated, articulate, and forceful critique of present politics and practices. . . . i'd suggest this ebook for someone drawn to rethinking the elemental questions of the way our courts and structures may still reply to those cases.”—Law and Politics publication Review “One of crucial new books within the box of teenage justice. . . . Zimring bargains a considerate, research-based research of what went incorrect with felony coverage development.”—Barry Krisberg, President, nationwide Council on Crime and Delinquency  

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Study after study tell us that they often repeat the same crimes. radio /transcript. shtml). html). The two elements that produce this distinctive aura of high dangerousness are the seriousness of the expected repeat offense and the very high likelihood it will happen. Despite the notion that sexual targets and pathologies are fixed, the public also fears that last month’s peeping Tom or exhibitionist is next month’s rapist or child murderer. For this reason, it is not clear what impact studies that find significantly lower than expected recidivism rates would have on public attitudes if the nature of the future offense is expected to be so grave.

Many individuals have engaged in sexual intercourse with persons under the age of consent, patronized prostitutes, or engaged in many other nonforcible practices prohibited by law. But there is little sense in aggregating survey results to generate an estimate of the proportion of the population with some experience of sexual criminality, because any such aggregate number would be meaningless. The vast majority of the sex offenses committed by ordinary citizens produce only trivial to moderate concern for the community.

In the specialized language of American juvenile justice, sexual contacts for the very young can be regarded as “status offenses,” forbidden because of the immaturity of one of the participants (Teitelbaum, 2002). Because the law prohibits so many more of available sexual outlets of the young, one would expect to find that the rate of sex offending would be higher for younger teens than for adults, and that the proportion of teen sex offending that was not apparently linked to abnormal sexual tastes or orientations would also be much higher than for adult offenders.

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