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Sexual Violence

Evidence Based Policy and Prevention

  • Elizabeth L. Jeglic
  • Cynthia Calkins


  • Reviews current legislation on sex offending

  • Presents evidence-based policy recommendations

  • Highlights effective initiatives for sexual violence prevention


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Elizabeth L. Jeglic, Cynthia Calkins
    Pages 1-10
  3. Sex Offender Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Kristen Zgoba, Deborah Ragbir
      Pages 33-49
    3. Jill S. Levenson, Claudia P. Vicencio
      Pages 51-65
    4. Michelle A. Cubellis, Andrew J. Harris
      Pages 67-79
    5. Ashley Spada
      Pages 81-93
    6. Alexandra Holtzman, Sean McKinley
      Pages 119-125
  4. Prevention

About this book


The purpose of this edited volume is to examine the disconnect in the sexual violence prevention field between legislation, research and practice.  The work is focused primarily on United States policies and initiatives, with key case studies internationally. Contributions show that current policies are mainly based on repeat offenders: residence restrictions, registration and notification statutes, and post-sentence initiatives. While these initiatives address public fears, they are not evidence-based and do not necessarily reduce offending.

Research shows that post-sentence policies may destabilize offenders and limit their ability to reintegrate with society at a critical period, therefore increasing the chances of recidivism. Furthermore, the majority of sex crimes (95%) are committed by first time offenders. This innovative book is divided into two parts juxtaposing what is currently being done legislatively with what the research evidence suggests would be best practice.


Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) Cybercrime Evidence-Based Crime Policy GPS and Electronic Monitoring Re-entry Recidivism Sex Offender Laws Sex Offender Policy Sex Offender Registry Sexual Offending Prevention Sexual Violence Violence Prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth L. Jeglic
    • 1
  • Cynthia Calkins
    • 2
  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

About the editors

Elizabeth Jeglic is a Professor of Psychology at John Jay College.  Her research interests include evidence based sex offender legislation, and sex offender assessment and treatment.  She teaches an MA level class on the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.  She is on the editorial board of Psychology, Public Policy and the Law and a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the American Psychology and Law Society.

Cynthia Calkins is a Professor of Psychology at John Jay College.  She is interested in the empirical evidence underlying sex offender policy and the prevention of sexual violence.  She teaches classes in psychology and law and sexual offending at John Jay.   She is  on the editorial board of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, and is also a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the American Psychology and Law Society.

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