Societal reaction to the release of sex offenders

Author
Bata, Samantha
Faculty Advisor
Symbaluk, Diane
Date
2019
Keywords
sex offenders , public opinion
Abstract (summary)
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.
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Notes
Presented on April 23, 2019 at Student Research Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
Item Type
Student Presentation
Language
English
Rights
All Rights Reserved