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Sex Offenders and Preventive Detention

Politics, policy and practice

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ISBN

9781862877634

Publication Date

17/11/2009

Format

Paperback

Page Extent

144

AUD $49.95 gst included

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How should society manage sex offenders who are released from prison? How can sex offenders be detained in a way that prevents re-offending while respecting civil liberties? Is preventive detention a type of double punishment? Do prison-based sex offender treatment programs work? What is the best way to protect the community from sex offending?

Professors McSherry and Keyzer focus on three key modern policy responses to such questions, and the cases that propelled their development:

  • Earl Shriner in Washington State, and the United States approach of detaining ‘sexually violent predators’ in special institutions;
  • Dennis Ferguson in Queensland, and the Australian post-sentence detention and supervision schemes;
  • John Cronin in Scotland, and the Scottish approach of making orders for lifelong restriction at the time of sentence.

Acknowledgements
Three Case Studies
Politics of Risk and Precaution
Policy Issues
Practical Issues
Conclusions
References
Table of Cases 
Index

This stellar study of a contemporary challenge facing the bench and bar is a worthwhile addition to the shelf of anyone interested in both liberty and a safe community. Read full review…

Gilles Renaud, Ontario Court of Justice