Sexual Predators: Society, Risk, and the Law (International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health)

Convicted sex offenders released from custody at the end of their criminal sentences pose a risk for re-offense. In many US states, Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) laws have been enacted that allow for the post-prison preventive detention of high risk sex offenders. SVP laws require the courts to make dispositions that protect the public fromContinue reading “Sexual Predators: Society, Risk, and the Law (International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health)”

Failure to Protect: America’s Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State

Most crimes of sexual violence are committed by people known to the victim―acquaintances and family members. Yet politicians and the media overemphasize predatory strangers when legislating against and reporting on sexual violence. In this book, Eric S. Janus goes far beyond sensational headlines to expose the reality of the laws designed to prevent sexual crimes.Continue reading “Failure to Protect: America’s Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State”

Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy

by Charles Patrick Ewing Over the past quarter century Congress, state legislatures and the courts have radically reshaped America’s laws dealing with sex offenders in an effort to reduce the prevalence of sex offenses. Most convicted sex offenders must now register with the authorities, who then make information about them available to the public. PossessionContinue reading “Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy”

Sex Panic and the Punitive State

ROGER N. LANCASTER“Lancaster’s approach is fresh, critical and engaging. Many scholars have examinedAmerica’s ‘carceral state,’ but few so successfully combine personal narrative and passion with sober assessment. This is a landmark book—a dismaying, angry, but powerful analysis of America’s justice system.”—Michael Sherry, Northwestern University “Sex Panic and the Punitive State is a passionate, wide-ranging analysisContinue reading “Sex Panic and the Punitive State”

The Feminist and the Sex Offender

Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence By Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners >>> Description:  In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offender makes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice.  With analytical clarity and narrative force, Levine and Meiner’s book contends with twoContinue reading “The Feminist and the Sex Offender”

A Prison by Any Other Name

by Maya Schenwar  (Author), Victoria Law  (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword)  SOURCE:,status%20quo%20when%20pursuing%20change. A crucial indictment of widely embraced “alternatives to incarceration” that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance “But what does it mean—really—to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your prison?”—Michelle Alexander, from the foreword Electronic monitoring. Locked-down drug treatment centers.Continue reading “A Prison by Any Other Name”

The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration

By Aya Gruber  Order from the publisher, University of California Press. >>>–feminist-war-on-crime Read an excerpt:  Description:  Many feminists grapple with the problem of hyper-incarceration in the United States, and yet commentators on gender crime continue to assert that criminal law is not tough enough. This punitive impulse, prominent legal scholar Aya Gruber argues, is dangerous and counterproductive. In their questContinue reading “The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration”

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo

Essays on Sex, Authority and the Mess of Life By JoAnn Wypijewski >>> Description:  What if we took sex out of the box marked “special,” the contents of which are either the worst or best thing a person can experience, and considered it within the complexity of human life in general? In this extraordinary book, andContinue reading “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo”

Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State

By Paul M. Renfro Order from the publisher, Oxford University Press >>> Description:  Beginning with Etan Patz’s disappearance in Manhattan in 1979, a spate of high-profile cases of missing and murdered children stoked anxieties about the threats of child kidnapping and exploitation. Publicized through an emerging twenty-four-hour news cycle, these cases supplied evidence of what someContinue reading “Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State”