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An American TravestyLegal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending$
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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226983578

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226983592.001.0001

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The Emergence of Juvenile Sex-Offender Treatment

The Emergence of Juvenile Sex-Offender Treatment

(p.69) Chapter 4 The Emergence of Juvenile Sex-Offender Treatment
An American Travesty
University of Chicago Press

The number of juveniles arrested for sex offenses has remained stable over the past quarter century and there are no indications that the behaviors leading to arrests or the likelihood of repetition of sex crime has changed much in the past few decades. Indeed, there is reason to believe that officially reported juvenile sex offenses other than forcible rape are spread more evenly across the cities and suburbs of developed nations and are also less variable over time than many other types of youth criminality. But while the frequency and type of sex offending by the young has remained stable in the United States during the last two decades or so, attitudes concerning how to best respond to the problem have changed. This chapter documents and explores some of these changes.

Keywords:   juvenile sex offenders, sex crime, forcible rape, sex offender treatment, arrests, youth criminality

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