A comparative analysis of Australian sex offender legislation for sex offender registries

Vess, James, Langskaill, Brooke, Day, Andrew, Powell, Martine, and Graffam, Joe (2011) A comparative analysis of Australian sex offender legislation for sex offender registries. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 44 (3). pp. 404-424.

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Australia has followed the course taken by other English-speaking countries in recent years of enacting legislation that requires convicted sexual offenders to register personal details with law enforcement agencies. These laws have been enacted to protect the public from the perceived threat posed by sex offenders, but have been written with little apparent reference to the available research literature about the nature and extent of this threat. In addition, there is no empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of legislatively based sex offender registries to either reduce sexual offending or to enable the police to investigate sex crimes and apprehend offenders. This article compares and contrasts the current laws governing sex offender registration enacted by the various states and territories in Australia, and offers a critical analysis of their provisions in light of the research literature on sexual offending.

Item ID: 47141
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: human rights, public policy, risk assessment, sex offender registration, sex offenders
ISSN: 1837-9273
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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