Sexually Violent Predator Laws: Historical Development and Evolution

  • Philip H. Witt
  • David DeMatteo


Beginning in the 1990s, after a series of heinous sex crimes, states throughout the United States began to implement additional restrictions on individuals convicted of sex offenses. These restrictions included limiting the areas in the community where convicted sex offenders were allowed to live, additional supervision in the community, and registration and community notification. One such restriction now in effect in many jurisdictions is civil commitment as sexually violent predators (SVPs) after their term of incarceration. The present chapter discusses the development of SVP statutes, reviewing their evolution over the last 25 years.


Sex offenders SVP Sexually violent predators Forensic psychology Forensic psychiatry Law Civil commitment statutes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip H. Witt
    • 1
  • David DeMatteo
    • 2
  1. 1.Somerset Psychological Group, P.A.SomervilleUSA
  2. 2.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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