Societal reaction to the release of sex offenders
sex offenders, public opinion
This qualitative study explored public views on the release of convicted sex offenders. A content analysis was conducted on the comments section of four newspaper articles about releases. One hundred and fifty-six comments were examined, and six prominent themes emerged including: Critiques of the criminal justice system, execution, life imprisonment, tattooing, race and physical disfigurement. Most comments were negative and voiced a desire for harsher punishment. Public perception of sex offenders largely reflected stereotyped media portrayals.
Presented on April 23, 2019 at Student Research Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
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