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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, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 404-424, doi: 10.1177/0004865811419065.

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Title A comparative analysis of Australian sex offender legislation for sex offender registries
Author(s) Vess, James
Langskaill, Brooke
Day, Andrew
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Graffam, Joe
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 404
End page 424
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0004-8658
1837-9273
Keyword(s) human rights
public policy
risk assessment
sex offender registration
sex offenders
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004865811419065
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041535

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