Source: (2008) Prison Service Journal. 178:26-36.

Sexual offenders are unwelcome in virtually every community. The mere thought that such a person might possibly move to one’s community inflames negative public sentiment beyond seemingly every other contemporary social issue. Until recently, some released sexual offenders in Florida were living under bridges. Now, they have been evicted from even those locations. In other jurisdictions, there is virtually no place within city limits that is not within 1,000 feet of a park, school, daycare, or community centre. As a society, we are slowly but surely banning sexual offenders from our midst. We are forcing sexual offenders into lives of secrecy. However, given that secrecy is a hallmark of sexual offending, are we, in our haste to rid ourselves of these people, potentially making the situation worse? (author's abstract)

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