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What does the public think about sex offender registers? Findings from a national Australian study
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 17:44 authored by Lorana BartelsLorana Bartels, Gelb, K, Caroline SpiranovicCaroline Spiranovic, Catherine WarnerCatherine Warner, Roberts, L, Davis, J
This article presents data from questions about sex offender registration orders in a large national survey on Australian public opinion about adult sex offenders. It outlines the legislative frameworks that govern these registers in Australia and discusses the use of public registers, the research on the effectiveness of sex offender registers, and Australian attitudes to such registers. Our surveys of three cohorts of members of the Australian public reveal strong public support for sex offender registers, especially for cases involving child victims. However, there was also support for judicial discretion in the imposition of orders and reduced support for automatic registration where a non-custodial sentence is imposed. The Australian Government has recently announced the establishment of a national public sex offender register, but our findings show limited support for this approach. The implications for policy and practice are considered.
Publication titlePsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Department/SchoolFaculty of Law
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Place of publicationUK
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