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Sex Offenders and Disintegrative Shaming

January 9, 2009


International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology,
Vol. 53, No. 1, 5-28 (2009)
Sage Publications (registration required to view full text)

Lifers on the Outside: Sex Offenders and Disintegrative Shaming
Monica L. P. Robbers, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia

This article examines the effects of labeling though informal and formal sanctions on sex offender reintegration, using qualitative analysis from a probability sample of 153 registered sex offenders in four counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It also provides an overview of sex offender legislation and literature. Results of the study indicate that the majority of respondents experienced negative treatment because of their status as a sex offender. Results also indicate that formal and informal sanctions are stifling opportunities for sex offenders to be fully reintegrated into society and that treatment programs are not as effective as they could be. Implications for sex offender policy and further research are discussed.

from Sex Offender Statistics

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