Sex Offenders: Crimes and Processing in the Criminal Justice System explores all facets of sex offending. Its coverage of sex crimes and sexual deviance in the United States emphasizes rape and sexual offenses against children and society’s responses through the criminal justice system, including enforcement and investigation, the courts, corrections, and post-punishment treatment. Narratives from real-life experiences of perpetrators and victims provide insights into the causes, nature, and aftermath of these crimes, and the chapters’ up-to-date information, statistics, and research assessments provide students with a thorough grounding in all key aspects, including imprisonment,historical punishments, recidivism, registration and notification requirements (SORN), residence restrictions, civil commitments, and treatment. The impact of sex offenses on victims’ lives is treated in depth, as are possible directions for future policies to better address the threat posed by sex offenders. Students reading this book will get a true sense of the U.S. sex offender problem, the responses of the criminal justice system, and what can be done to further decrease the incidence of sex offending.


  • This overview of sex offenses in the United States covers theories to account for sex offending, legal statutes defining sex crimes, types of sex offenses and offenders, sex crime victims’ characteristics, policing of sex crimes, and society’s responses to sex crimes (including registries, residence restrictions, civil commitments, and treatment). 
  • Focusing on sex offenses through the criminal justice system framework, this book examines the pros and cons of various strategies, including criminal statutes, law enforcement and court processing approaches, and correctional techniques for treating or warehousing sex offenders.
  • The respected author team possesses extensive research and teaching experience in all areas of sex offending and the criminal justice response.
  • Real-world narratives in each chapter illustrate and provide practical perspective on the complexity and impact of the sex offense under discussion for society, perpetrator, and victim.
  • Up-to-date research and statistics provide an accurate accounting of sex offenders, helping to dispel the myths and misinformation that often arise about these offenders and their crimes.
  • Accessibly written chapters include learning objectives, lists of key terms, exercises, and essay questions, providing opportunities for review and aids to information retention.
  • An end-of-text Glossary provides ready reference for key terms.
  • Extensive materials for instructors include an Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoints, and course outlines, available on the text’s companion website, http://www.aspenlawschool.com/books/Maddan_SexOffenders/.
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