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An American TravestyLegal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending$
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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226983578

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226983592.001.0001

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Three Case Studies

Three Case Studies

(p.3) Chapter 1 Three Case Studies
An American Travesty
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents three case studies illustrating the extraordinary recent history of legal responses to problematic sexual activities of children and teens in the United States. It intends to provide an introduction to that part of the legal system concerned with child and adolescent sexual misconduct and to some troublesome trends in legal policy. Like other states in recent years, Idaho passed legislation in 1998 establishing the Sexual Offender Registration, Notification, and Community Right-to-Know Act. The first section of this statute contains a set of legislative findings which rehearses the factual assumptions that are the premises on which the regulatory scheme is based. The Idaho offender registration findings assert that sexual offenders present a significant risk of re-offending and that providing public access to information about such offenders assists parents in the protection of their children.

Keywords:   case studies, legal response, sexual activities, legal system, United States, sexual misconduct, legal policy

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