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Sex Offenses

Abstract

Sex offenses today may be generally defined as acts of a sexual nature to which a victim has not given legal consent. This broad definition covers many different types of behaviors, but almost all individuals in the U.S. (and in a few other jurisdictions) who are convicted of committing any crime in this category are subject to unique postrelease regulations such as registration, public notification, and residency restrictions. In this entry, we briefly examine the scope of sexual offending in the U.S., the utility of the economic model of crime in understanding sex offender behavior, and the rise of sex offender postrelease regulations. With respect to postrelease regulations, we discuss potential reasons why sex offenses are treated differently and review the literature on the theoretical and empirical effects of these policies for crime rates and recidivism as well as their collateral consequences.

Keywords

  • Child Pornography
  • National Crime Victimization Survey
  • Potential Offender
  • Residency Restriction
  • Community Notification

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Agan, A., Prescott, J. (2015). Sex Offenses. In: Backhaus, J. (eds) Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7883-6_579-1

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