Human rights and human wrongs: a rights based approach to the punishment of sex offenders

Harrison, Karen and Rainey, Bernadette (2014) Human rights and human wrongs: a rights based approach to the punishment of sex offenders. Contemporary Issues in Law, 13 (3). pp. 229-248. ISSN 1357-0374

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The treatment and management of sex offenders is largely premised on the concepts of punishment and public protection. Driven by populist punitiveness and moral panic, policies designed to manage such offenders are largely incapacitative and retaliatory. Rather than looking at punishment from this aims perspective however, this article considers the influence of human rights on the concept of punishment. By looking at the management of sex offenders through the use of pharmacotherapy and the sex offender register it considers how concepts such as consent, dignity and equality are relevant to the punishment debate.

Keywords:Sex offenders, Human rights, moral panic, Punishment
Subjects:M Law > M211 Criminal Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
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Deposited On:11 Aug 2020 13:40

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