Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

5-2017

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Chris Rush

Committee Members

Jennifer Pealer, Nicole Prior

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to extend current knowledge regarding law enforcement’s perceptions of sex offenders. Law enforcement’s views of sex offenders and the fairness and efficacy of sex offender laws were examined through the utilization of a 60 closed-ended question survey. The survey included questions about sex offender myths, sex offender laws, police officers’ experience in working with sex offenders, specialized training, and demographics. The sample consisted of 74 sworn police officers from a Southeastern state. The results showed that, despite having a mostly empirical based view of sex offenders, sworn police officers were likely to support sex offender laws shown by some scholars to be ineffective in reducing crime and at times counterproductive.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the author.

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