Protecting Society from Child Sex Offenders: A Proposal for Lowering Recidivism Rates Through an Analysis of the Prevailing Social Policy and Methodology of the U.S and Denmark

  • Evan J Kravitz Vanderbilt University

Abstract

This paper examines the current philosophy and methodology utilized in the United States and Denmark in dealing with child sex offenders and proposes post-release approaches that will reduce recidivism rates in order to better protect society in the future. After analyzing current classifications of child sex offenders, labeling theory is rejected in favor of a novel classification of offenders based on their victimization. The unreliability of current measures of recidivism rates is explored and proposals are set forth to reconfigure recidivism rates to effectively measure the value of post-release protocols. A study of the current laws and social policy of the U.S. and Denmark follows along with a critical analysis of post-release sanctions and treatments. I conclude with a proposal for a post-release protocol that should minimize recidivism of child sex offenders and provide the greatest protection to society.

Author Biography

Evan J Kravitz, Vanderbilt University
Evan J. Kravitz is a Medicine, Health, & Society major at Vanderbilt University. He became interested in this subject while a student in the Human Health and Disease Program at DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Published
06-03-2008
How to Cite
KRAVITZ, Evan J. Protecting Society from Child Sex Offenders: A Proposal for Lowering Recidivism Rates Through an Analysis of the Prevailing Social Policy and Methodology of the U.S and Denmark. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 4, june 2008. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/2792>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v4i0.2792.
Section
Humanities and Social Sciences

Keywords

Child Sex Offenders