According to general victimization surveys

1. According to general victimization surveys, on average ______ percent of sex crimes are reported to police annually.

a. 30-35 percent pg 111

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b. 40-45 percent

c. 50-55 percent

d. 60-65 percent


2. Per lecture and your textbook, which of the following is true concerning the perception most sex offenders are mentally ill?

a. Previous studies have found only a small proportion of sex offenders fit the diagnostic criteria for serious mental illness.

b. The public is actually correct—most sex offenders experience serious mental illness which inhibits their compulsions to commit sex crimes.

c. Nationally, civil commitments affect a very small proportion of total sex offenders—indicating that most sex offenders will not be detained past their original prison sentences.

d. all of the above

e. only a and c are correct


3. The perception of “stranger danger” or the assumption that strangers perpetuate most sex crimes is one supported by official and unofficial crime data. 

a. True

b. False

QUESTion 4

4. Incest offenders have the highest rates of recidivism compared to other types of sex offenders, such as those with a same-sex child victim preference.

a. True

b. False


5. Which of the following is/are true regarding public opinion of castration laws?

a. Public approval for castration increases when the reversible form (i.e., “chemical castration”) is specified in contrast to the general form (i.e., “castration”).

b. In one survey, most respondents held positive views of the sanction (i.e., over 50 percent).

c. all of the above are correct

d.  not any of the above are correct


6. Nearly 90 percent of Americans support capital punishment for child molesters and convicted rapists. 

a. True

b. False pg 120


7. Per our the text,  related to the causal logic of sex offender laws, chemical castration is designed to:

a. detain offenders past their original sentence.

b. reduce levels of androgens or sex hormones.

c. prohibit where sex offenders can live once they are released from prison.

d. better monitor sex offenders in the community.


8. Overall, research examining residence restrictions have found that they typically do not prevent recidivist sex crimes (i.e., they do not appear to reduce reoffending among convicted sex offenders).

a. True

b. False


9. Which of the following is true concerning the practice of civil commitment nationally?

a. Civil commitment laws are designed to detain sex offenders past their prison sentence.

b. 19 states have adopted a civil commitment law.

c. The general civil commitment process is similar across states that use it.

d. all of the above are accurate.


10. The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet heard or decided the constitutionality of what type of practice?

a. sex offender registries

b. sex offender community notification

c. residence restrictions 

d. civil commitment


11. The U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited capital punishment for sex offenders in two cases—one case _____ outlawed the practice for rape of adult women and the other case ______ prohibited its use for child rapists.

a. Gregg v. Georgia; Furman v. Georgia

b. Kansas v. Hendricks; Stogner v. California

c. Furman v. Georgia; Gregg v. Georgia

d. Coker v. Georgia; Kennedy v. Louisiana 


12. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld sex offender registries and community notification laws. 

a. True

b. False

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