By Franklin E. Zimring
An American Travesty is the 1st scholarly e-book in part a century to investigate the justice system’s reaction to sexual misconduct through young children and kids within the usa. Writing with a fresh dose of logic, Franklin E. Zimring discusses our society's failure to contemplate the developmental prestige of adolescent intercourse offenders. Too usually, he argues, the yankee criminal method ignores age and developmental prestige while adjudicating younger sexual offenders, in lots of circumstances responding as they might to an adult. “An opinionated, articulate, and forceful critique of present politics and practices. . . . i might suggest this booklet for someone drawn to rethinking the elemental questions of ways our courts and structures should still reply to those cases.”—Law and Politics ebook Review “One of an important new books within the box of youth justice. . . . Zimring bargains a considerate, research-based research of what went flawed with criminal coverage development.”—Barry Krisberg, President, nationwide Council on Crime and Delinquency
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The fact that there is one forcible rape arrest for every four “other offense” arrests, close to the adult ratio, is a mild surprise because the broader prohibition of nonforcible sexual conduct should produce a much larger preponderance of nonforce arrests if the prohibition on sex with willing peers is being enforced. That the ratio of arrests for nonforcible sexual conduct to arrests for forcible rape is not greater is one indication (of many) that the legal prohibitions on peer sex among minors are not extensively enforced.
The registration and notiﬁcation strategies assume that the nature of the future threat posed by an offender can best be determined by reviewing his criminal record. The control strategy only makes sense if the assumptions are true. And the use of sex-speciﬁc tools like chemical castration to reduce sexual drive and capacity only promises to prevent one type of criminal recidivism; it is a poor tool for an offender with criminal proclivities that are not speciﬁc to sexual conduct. Changes in Law and Policy The twenty years after 1980 were a curious mix of undramatic continuity and dynamic change in policy toward sex offenders in the United States.
1 launches our review of the statistics on juvenile sex arrests by reproducing the volume of arrests for the three main categories of sex offenses as compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports. Taking the year 2000 data as representative of current ﬁgures, we ﬁnd that the total number of rape arrests of persons younger than eighteen is just under 3,000, while the volume of “other sex offenses” is more than 11,000. As with the adults, more than three-fourths of the total in both potentially serious sex arrest categories is to be found in the heterogeneous “other sex offenses” category.